Shepherds and shepherdesses painted in stories, from classical myth, through the Bible and Christ’s nativity, to epic poetry, including Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Two of Velázquez’ teachers, Herrera and Pacheco, his rival at court, the Italian Vicente Carducho, and his successor, Murillo. Paintings of a Golden Age.
From Jan van Eyck’s trompe l’oeil, through Tanner’s fiery cross, to the modern young Polish woman of Jacek Malczewski.
Tracing the social history of gambling in paintings by Bosch, Caravaggio, de La Tour, Salvator Rosa, Murillo, Hogarth, and others.
The nineteenth century saw rising awareness of social issues, which introduced novel themes into painting. Works by Murillo, Mulready, Bastien-Lepage and others.
A look back at some of my favourite articles on painters and painting, from Moreau and Salome, to Merson’s tame wolf.
In his later years, he painted some unusual religious works, including an episode from the life of St Thomas of Villaneuva, and the heavenly and earthly trinities.
A collection of the finest paintings of the Nativity, from 1263 to the 20th century – all innovative, and some unique.
In the hands, and brushes, of great artists, a religious set-piece becomes a succession of marvellous and highly innovative paintings.
On 22 August 1911, he went to the Louvre to paint the Mona Lisa. It had gone missing, though, and didn’t show up for another 2 years.