Isn’t that a horrific example of racism: a white man standing on the head of a Black man? Not when you read the image carefully.
Sleeping figures painted by Rubens, Poussin, Velázquez, William Blake, Richard Dadd and other masters.
In which Raphael tells Adam and Eve how Satan was defeated and cast out of heaven, falling with his rebel angels into Hell.
On waking, Eve tells Adam of her dream of Satan tempted her to eat the forbidden fruit. Raphael sent to ensure Adam understands the dangers of Satan.
In which Satan enters the Garden of Eden, where he watches Adam and Eve. He decides to lure them to eat from the forbidden tree, but is caught trying to tempt Eve in her sleep.
When completely blind, likely to be arrested and sentenced to death, with the remains of the English state around him, John Milton wrote one of the greatest works in English.
Rarely painted, particularly in classical form, until the 19th century, the Grim Reaper is based on Father Time, not Thanatos.
Painting dreams relies on a compositional convention to show both the viewer’s image of the dream, and that of the dreamer.
Shepherds and shepherdesses painted in stories, from classical myth, through the Bible and Christ’s nativity, to epic poetry, including Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Western paintings of devils from Michelangelo to Fuseli show the great influence of Hieronymus Bosch.