Painters paid little attention to the form of near-breaking regular waves until the mid-1700s. Japanese art later changed Western painting, with a single print by Hokusai.
Every lightning bolt tells a story, with paintings by Rubens, Richard Wilson, Poussin, John Martin, Adam Elsheimer, William Blake, and more.
Deep underground, Satan and his demons are torturing and tormenting naked people. If you don’t live an exemplary life, that may be what you get in return.
Admiral Lord Nelson died in similar circumstances to General Wolfe – leading his force to victory, although here at sea in the Battle of Trafalgar. Cue for a ‘modern history painting’.
JMW Turner and John Martin painted apocalyptic visions, but others like JC Dahl and O Achenbach opted for the less spectacular.
This takes us from Samuel Palmer and Peter De Wint, through Girtin and Cotman, to JMW Turner and William Blake.
The story of how the nymph Arethusa escapes pursuit by a river god, thanks to the divine intervention of Diana.
How Acontius won his bride, and how a portrait of her by an obscure Dutch painter may be part of a series. Mysteries solved, perhaps?
His unique brushstrokes built form, brilliant colour, and texture in his paintings.
Known only to the French, his pointillism, Symbolism, and bold use of colour bring startling results.