How a half-brother of Hector blamed himself for the death of Hesperia, who died of a snakebite, flung himself from a cliff, and was transformed into a diver.
How a centaur tried to abduct Hercules’ new bride, and the delayed revenge which led to the death of Hercules.
Friend and biographer of Gustave Moreau, his story and works have now all but vanished. Here are some enigmatic Symbolist paintings.
When he died young, in 1891, Moreau was devastated at the loss of his friend. Here are some of his surviving history paintings.
Far from being a recluse, the last years saw him teaching avidly, painting major works, and transforming his house into a museum.
Some stories sound plausible, but are problematic when you try to paint or photograph them. Here’s a good example, with attempted solutions by Reni, Rubens, Moreau, and others.
Three major paintings, each very ambitious, but abandoned, reworked, and abandoned again, give insight into his progress in changing history painting.
The methods used for a more robust analysis of palettes, which is unique and innovative.