Who were the Romans, who built their city and its empire? This series looks at the history of Rome as shown in paintings, starting here with its forefather, Aeneas maybe?
The first caused war between centaurs and humans, in the second many were turned into stone, and the third caused the Trojan War
She became quite popular in 19th century paintings, in association with Morpheus and his opium poppies.
Painting dreams relies on a compositional convention to show both the viewer’s image of the dream, and that of the dreamer.
How Perseus came to behead Medusa, and how her head restored order to the worst wedding reception ever. In paint, of course.
Aeneas reaches Latium, where he founds the precursor to Rome, Alba. Only after war with Turnus, and a series of transformations.
What happens to men who Circe desires, but refuse her? This one was turning into a woodpecker, his men into wild beasts, and his wife simply vanished into thin air.
The ultimately disastrous wedding feast ends with its guests killing one another in a series of pitched battles, after one guest tried to abduct the bride.
Definitely a wedding to remember: how Perseus and Andromeda didn’t have a photographer but a sculptor to preserve their memories.
Why did it take over 300 years to solve a compositional problem, and tell such a simple story?