The Second Circle of Hell, in which those whose sin was lust are blown by eternal storms. The story of Paolo and Francesca, and many wonderful paintings.
Dante awakes in Limbo, the outermost part of Hell reserved for those whose only failing was that they lived before the Christian era. An opportunity for self-promotion.
Dante and Virgil enter Hell, where they first encounter the souls of those too cowardly to choose between God and the Devil. Then it’s time for a boat trip with Charon.
In which Dante is terrified by three wild animals and meets the ghost of Virgil. Together they make their way to the gates of Hell.
This new series will travel with Dante and Virgil as they visit Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, looking at the many masterworks inspired by the poem.
The Crusaders marched quickly down the Mediterranean coast, then turned inland to the Holy City, which they put under siege.
From Pope Urban the Second’s sermon in central France, to the departure from Antioch, an account of this extraordinary war in paintings and engravings.
After the huge death toll of the war, including 2 major painters, a week in Paris in May resulted in a further 7,000 deaths, and the destruction of public buildings. Hardly a painter in France wasn’t affected.
Paris was under siege from September 1870 to the end of January 1871. Painters commanded its defenders, and showed its distress.
19th century paintings showing homeless families, from Doré, Marianne Stokes, Erik Henningsen, and others.