The other half of the festival of Easter has been painted far less. Yet without Resurrection, Easter and all Christian belief would be worthless.
It’s a good story that the first month of the year is named January after the two-faced god of transitions, Janus. It’s a shame that isn’t exactly true.
After a 4-year apprenticeship, Goya struggled to get further training. He spent two years in Rome, but on his return won his first major commission, for a huge fresco.
Paintings from Spain 1757-1775 which would have influenced the young Goya in his early career. Dominant among them was Anton Raphael Mengs, German painter in Rome!
The god of transitions, gates and doorways, who may have lent his name to the month of January. Paintings by Rubens, Poussin and Mengs.
Nine daughters of Mnemosyne representing each division of the classical arts. Paintings from Raphael to Moreau.
Daughter of Uranus and Gaia, and mother of the nine Muses, she has seldom been painted on her own, except by Rossetti.
A Pennsylvanian, he wanted to be a great history painter. When returning from a visit to Italy, he stopped off in London, and stayed there almost 60 years.
Many of the greatest and most important European works of art are painted on walls or ceilings. Explains secco, fresco, and how they influence the result.
A common convention in paintings of classical myth, the river god was a bearded old man with a put pouring forth water, often seen with a Naiad, his daughter.