A series to examine visual development of figures within narrative paintings, according to their type of plot. The fall of Icarus used as an example.
Some important paintings from 1815-19, including two religious works with deep personal meaning. Goya’s paintings are now dominated by black.
Although it was Leon Battista Alberti, in the southern Renaissance, who first developed the subject of composition in […]
Sancho Panza gives a different story of how his donkey was stolen, and he decides to join Don Quixote on his third sally as a knight errant.
To celebrate the life and work of Dante, a small selection of paintings inspired by the Divine Comedy, and his ‘Vita Nuova’.
The great Florentine poet and writer Dante died of malaria on 14 September 1321, 700 years ago this Tuesday. A celebration of his life in paintings.
A group of at least a dozen oil sketches made during the last months of the First World War show the veterinary care given to horses.
A selection of masterpieces which were rejected by the person(s) who commissioned them, or from major exhibitions. Illustrated contents with links.
In 1814, following the restoration of the Spanish monarchy, Goya painted four works showing the uprising of 1808. One of these is now a major work of the European canon.
Horizon, planes of foreground, middle distance and background, repoussoir and framing, rhythm, reflections and panoramas – examples of compositional techniques.