Ever noticed how stern everyone looks in paintings? Here are some exceptions from Frans Hals, Murillo, Vermeer and others.
She provided the prize of a golden apple for the beauty contest between Hera, Minerva and Aphrodite, which led to the Trojan War.
The first caused war between centaurs and humans, in the second many were turned into stone, and the third caused the Trojan War
Reading many European paintings depends on identifying classical deities shown. This new series helps you do that, and understand what’s going on.
Like all the worst men, satyrs were addicted to music, wine and women. Paintings by Piero, Claude, Rubens, Vedder, Moreau and others.
From a pen and ink drawing, to fine sketches in chalk, then into oil paint on canvas, next modelled by a sculptor in clay, and finally into a bronze bas relief.
After an elaborate retelling of the story of Polyphemus and Odysseus, a champion knight is replaced by a cowardly imposter and suffers mockery and rebuke.
Before folk history changed with the concept of human evolution, caves were sacred places inhabited by hermits, or figures from myth.
Never previously popular except as illustrations, paintings of fables became common in the Dutch Golden Age, and again in the work of a great animal painter around 1750.
Paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Jordaens, Chassériau, von Stuck and Lovis Corinth give slightly different accounts of this story.