Five years into Nero’s reign as emperor, he had his mother murdered. It was all downhill from there: Rome burned, and so did many Christians.
Four masterly paintings telling stories. Painted by 3 different hands, each works in 4 dimensions thanks to narrative devices, as explained here.
Over 550 years ago, a 14 year-old boy started his apprenticeship with the Florentine painter and sculptor Verrocchio. He was Leonardo da Vinci, and here are some of his master’s works.
The most famous of all, with its origins in Afghanistan, the most precious and beautiful pigment. But it has caught out some of the best forgers too.
Painted long after the death of history painting, this shows Botticelli being introduced to the most beautiful woman in northern Italy, in about 1475. Each face is true to life.
I have several times written that early western painting, until the late Renaissance, not uncommonly incorporated multiple copies […]
Looking at the stories shown in the main paintings of the Brancacci Chapel, Florence.
The first few years of his short career, in which he modelled faces and clothes to bring volume, and started perspective projection.
Poussin was by no means the only artist to paint the narrative of Rinaldo and Armida. Here are many more.