From Velázquez in the 1640s to Renoir in 1882, portraits and scenes of women sewing were popular. How did they develop?
It’s easy to confuse anatomising, an autopsy, and surgery. Here’s a guide to their different readings, with some of the finest example paintings.
For painters, hospital medicine was spectacle, and its doctors actors on a stage. As time progressed, artists and doctors looked more closely at the patient.
A fascinating and eclectic year in art, as the Masters of the 19th century handed over to the tigers of the 20th.
Towards the end of his career, he campaigned for students at the Royal Academy Schools to have proper life classes with nude models. And a nude got him into trouble.
After 1900, New York City became a more dominant theme in the works of major East Coast artists.
How did great painters of the East Coast paint the cities in which they lived and worked?
From success to success, she painted the President’s family, and France’s elder statesman and a good friend of Monet.
Her portraits are of the New Woman: well-educated, thoughtful, and increasingly in control of their own destiny.
In the 1870s, four major artists painted scenes of rowing and similar watersports – apparently independently.