David and Bathsheba, Romeo and Juliet – balconies are a useful device for painter, and not just to tell stories. Goya, Manet, and beyond.
Western paintings of devils from Michelangelo to Fuseli show the great influence of Hieronymus Bosch.
From providing basic hospitality to those who couldn’t be nursed by their families, hospitals started to change during the Age of Enlightenment. But for many they were still the waiting room for hell.
Arsenic sulphides, they were both used in alchemy, and used commonly in paintings from Ancient Egypt through to the late 29th century. Tintoretto loved them.
For his first decade as a professional artist, he painted narrative works and portraits. Here are some of his little-known narrative paintings.
Not as easy as it may seem, there are several outstanding paintings about the sense of sight – and an ancient game which is played on every continent.
At the heart of Deianira’s letter to Hercules was the strange story of his enslavement to Omphale. Here are the paintings.
War Artists can work in any of the genres, but history painting is a natural choice. Here are some of the best from 1800 to 1945.