Summary of Satan and the bad angels being cast down to Hell, and Satan arousing the rebels to join in a council in Pandemonium.
When completely blind, likely to be arrested and sentenced to death, with the remains of the English state around him, John Milton wrote one of the greatest works in English.
His last chance to establish ‘modern’ history painting, with the Napoleonic Wars and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.
More superb paintings of the closing moments of the book, by Rossetti, Odilon Redon and others.
Rembrandt’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Tintoretto, William Blake, and Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s painting of Sappho each rely on words.
Hosting Lord Byron’s Alpine Witch, as the birth canal for Thomas Cole’s ‘Voyage of Life’, and an attempt by Courbet to return to the womb? The versatility of caves.
Which bridge did Manet fall in love with, and how did the Langlois Bridge painted by Vincent van Gogh get its name?
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.