They go with the Duke and Duchess on a hunt, where Sancho panics and falls out of a tree. In the night Sancho has to agree to lash himself 3,300 times.
First published just before Christmas 1843, it’s probably the most successful Christmas story in English. Here illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
The shepherds become more real and tatty from the Renaissance and Giorgione to Murillo and Bastien-Lepage.
From a prototype laid out by Duccio in about 1310, through the vision of Saint Bridget, to modernised versions in a French town or English cattle shed.
Paintings from around Europe and North America showing Christmas trees, decorations, family feasts, and Christmas markets.
As a primary colour, blue is essential in painting. The quest for the right blues has spanned the world and resulted in a succession of synthetic pigments which have influenced art.
From Giorgione, Dürer and Altdorfer to Turner, Pissarro, Monet and Renoir: landmarks in the composition of landscape paintings.
Do Booker’s Seven Basic Plots reduce to a series of events leading to a change in fortune (reversal, peripeteia), and establishing the outcome?
Landscapes from Lovis Corinth, Pierre Bonnard, Georg Janny, Anita Rée, Charles Demuth, and the last word from Piet Mondrian.
When the Salons were flooding with fleshly dreams of harems, landscape artists were depicting the desert with its camels and caravans.