It was the patrons who funded, enabled, and occasionally directed the movement towards realism and secular subjects, and developed the genres.
Considers what exactly changed in painting in the Renaissance, and when we can establish as those dates, compared with literature, for example.
The way that distant hills fade in contrast, detail and colour, and how their hue shifts towards cooler colours. From Antonello (1475) to Thomas Girtin.
Reading and the book in paintings from 1235 to 1849, a period in which they were mainly associated with religious devotion.
The story of landscape paintings which are dominated by the sky, from the Dutch Golden Age to Surrealism.
Early landscapes constrained the sky to a backdrop. With Rubens and the Golden Age landscape painters it became the subject in its own right.
Often an excuse for a classical nude, at least two paintings show her clothed, and many reveal her love affairs.
Features Harriet Backer’s masterpiece, and paintings by Giorgione, Ford Madox Brown, Jules Breton and his daughter, and others.
At the time, Raphael was recognised as one of the most important artists in the whole Renaissance. Here’s his starting point, set by Giorgione, Perugino and others.
Before folk history changed with the concept of human evolution, caves were sacred places inhabited by hermits, or figures from myth.