From Duccio, Campin, Maurice Denis, Joseph Stella and others. Paintings which changed this most popular of motifs, and were innovative, from 1311-1933.
Bridging between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, he was a master who helped shape our whole visual culture.
In the Renaissance, while oil painting was still catching on, many of the greatest masterpieces were painted in egg tempera. How, and to what effect?
Plans to celebrate anniversaries of major painters, series on narrative paintings, and more, for the coming year.
Showing two or more scenes from the same story in a single painting (multiplex narrative) is common, effective, and good art. Examples from Masaccio, Memling, Bosch, and more.
We love surprise twists in the plot of novels and movies. How can painters achieve the effect of surprise in their narrative images? Masaccio, Rembrandt, Poussin, and more.
The most famous of all, with its origins in Afghanistan, the most precious and beautiful pigment. But it has caught out some of the best forgers too.
Used since Roman times, it was common in the dress of saints. Highly toxic, it was progressively replaced by cadmium red in the late 19th century.
If Brunelleschi had introduced Cubism instead of perspective projection, would that have altered human visual perception?
The late Middle Ages saw many more frescoes and panel paintings survive, and tell stories in greater detail.