One of the most dramatic and vivid myths, causing a ‘Great Fire’ which matches the Flood. Superb paintings from Rubens, Poussin, Moreau.
Mentor to Gustave Moreau, his brief career showed his brilliance. Claimed by Ingres to be ‘the Napoleon of painting’.
When he died young, in 1891, Moreau was devastated at the loss of his friend. Here are some of his surviving history paintings.
Second and final part to commemorate his death a century ago, with several of his finest paintings.
Did Moreau succeed in changing history painting, or should his works remain obscure, a minor cul-de-sac in art history?
On the ceiling of a stairway of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one of Sargent’s last and greatest paintings: one of the greatest narrative paintings of the 20th century.
Not an easy story to paint, Ovid’s clear account has been largely ignored. Because it is now too absurd to show?