One rich gent falls in love with another rich gent’s wife, but she isn’t interested in him. She comes up with a ploy to be rid of his attentions, which backfires, but ends up in two glorious paintings.
The most frequently-painted of Boccaccio’s hundred stories, shown here from Rubens to Frederic, Lord Leighton. But there’s much more to the story than that.
A gruesome story of two dead lovers which is used to persuade a young woman to be more responsive to her wooing. Painted by Botticelli and Ghirlandaio.
A wide-ranging selection of appealing and interesting watercolours, covering most of Blake’s career and themes.
The ‘divine whirlwind’ seems distinctive of Blake. This traces its origin, and his development of this visionary image.
A life spent largely in poverty, working intensely, and creating some of the most innovative and visionary paintings of any artist before or since.
Her time in Florence brought maturity to her work. She then painted a series of major paintings, although you’d be pushed to find any in European collections.
Sublimely clear and simple paintings showing the routes to Heaven and Hell, but no one knows how they were arranged.