Paintings of women covering their faces in embarrassment by Murillo, Gérôme, Corinth, and others.
It’s our faces, more than any other part of the body, that make us human. Paintings of veiled and masked faces by Pelez, Morelli and others.
A relatively common motif, it started with the peculiar association of death and the erotic, then changed in the late 19th century.
More paintings of surprise, by Gericault, Gérôme, Regnault, Bastien-Lepage, Morelli, and others.
Rainbows are one of nature’s grand spectacles. How careful, then, have painters been to get their colours in the ‘right’ order?
A look back at some of the series and some surprises which you might have missed over the last year.
There’s a lot more to this painting than first meets the eye: a bit of Brueghel, some Leighton, and even some Signorelli.
Why did it take over 300 years to solve a compositional problem, and tell such a simple story?
A major influence in Italian art in the 1800s, he was highly skilled in telling stories, and solved problems which had troubled the Masters before.
For two centuries, Bosch’s innovative ideas and symbols were used in northern Europe. But after 1700, all changed again.