His grand spectacle of The Age of Augustus was brave, but less successful than more modest paintings of Russian soldiers, or a comic duel.
This story remained almost unknown and unpainted until it suddenly became popular after 1850. Paintings by Etty, Rossetti, Cabanel and others.
Boy meets girl but has to swim a mile in treacherous waters to keep meeting her. When she tells him how she burns with passion, he pushes his luck in the sea.
Young boys and fishermen – their lives cut short. Artists including Dürer, Géricault, Malczewski, and Michael Ancher paint the tragedy.
For his first decade as a professional artist, he painted narrative works and portraits. Here are some of his little-known narrative paintings.
He demonstrated that you can paint from your mind’s eye, however unusual your mind may be. A major influence of William Blake.
Concluding the analysis of narrative paintings showing Andromeda’s rescue from sacrifice to Cetus, the sea monster.
The last of the great classical narrative painters, his huge canvases explored lesser-known tales from Greece, Rome, and Scotland.
A contemporary of Turner, whose work was hugely popular at the time. Did his explanations for nudes hold good?
Hogarth’s series spawned several others, the most significant being by Augustus Egg and William Frith.