The heavily embroidered story of Cossack hetman Ivan Mazepa was turned into a narrative poem by Lord Byron, and inspired paintings by Géricault, Delacroix, Vernet, and others.
The meaning of one arm raised depends on the position of the fingers: is it an index finger pointing to heaven, or a sign of benediction?
Although not popular on stage, a classical tragedy that attracted paintings by Waterhouse, Delacroix and others.
Paintings of the death of Ophelia, from the first by Delacroix in 1838 to an etching from 1889. The most popular scene which happens entirely off-stage.
From Robert Nanteuil’s first pastel portraits in the 1660s to Ants Laikmaa in 1929, a history of the greatest pastel painters and links to articles about individual artists.
After his death, over 1500 of his pastels were sold, the great majority of which have since disappeared. Here are some of the finest of the survivors.
Full contents for this series, with lists of artists considered in each of its articles, and links to the articles.
Paintings from the second half of the 19th century, from Aivazovsky, Delacroix, Winslow Homer and others, as a prelude to The Tempest.
Its two scenes with witches are most famous, and often confused. There’s more to this play, though, and other scenes in fine paintings.
If you remember one Shakespeare play well, it’s Romeo and Juliet, shown here in paintings of the balcony scene, and the couple’s tragic deaths.