Decoding one of Blake’s paintings enables its reading: an obscure author of devotional texts takes us on a tour of different variants of God.
Three major paintings, each very ambitious, but abandoned, reworked, and abandoned again, give insight into his progress in changing history painting.
Moreau’s extraordinary paintings have been described as Symbolist, Decadent, even Surrealist. They are notoriously difficult to read – here is some help.
Tales of knights and doomed maidens, the Lady of Shalott and the quest for the Holy Grail, painted in static tableau.
An index to the 7 well-known narratives of non-European origin, covered in articles here. Currently Indian.
Damned by twentieth-century critic Clement Greenberg, his paintings showed classical narratives, with increasing amounts of action.
The artist gives an account of three paintings from her forthcoming book, a highly successful Kickstart project.
Beautiful painterly works showing Arthurian and classical legends, in the years before the First World War.
The monumental mural painted by Larsson was intended to be his greatest painting. It turned out to be his most controversial.
One of the most famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance, and one of the later huge works in egg tempera, its interpretation remains controversial.