Every lightning bolt tells a story, with paintings by Rubens, Richard Wilson, Poussin, John Martin, Adam Elsheimer, William Blake, and more.
Only Tintoretto and Louis Janmot have dared show their visions of Paradise. For others including Bosch, it couldn’t be envisioned.
After a brief marriage to actress Ellen Terry, his paintings became symbolist. He claimed to paint ideas rather than objects.
A brief tour through some of Blake’s personal mythology, as depicted in his paintings. With explanations.
The final group of charcoal drawings brings disaster and redemption, with increasingly rich detail and symbolism.
The first group of charcoal drawings traces the man’s life as an adult, from solitude in a vast forest, to a bacchanalian orgy.
This completes the 18 oil paintings. The series continues with another 16 charcoal drawings.
The first of 4 articles looking at an extraordinary narrative series of 34 paintings, many of them quite beautiful.