Seen in more complex variants by Tintoretto and Memling, and in modern paintings by Corot and Thomas Hart Benton.
Instead of splitting scenes into separate frames as in comics, in the Renaissance they’d be integrated into a single image
Two birds associated with different beliefs: Hera or Juno’s peacocks, and the white dove as a physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
Snakes and serpents in myth, legend and religion are thoroughly sinister and bad, with one curious exception. A journey across centuries of images.
A visual history tracing wings back to their origins in messengers of the gods and messenger-gods of the dawn of civilisation, 4 millennia ago.
Starting from Egyptian blue in ancient times, pigments preferred by painters for sky blue have changed repeatedly. Here’s a brief history.
He continued to paint distinctive stories from classical mythology, including fine accounts of the fight between Lapiths and Centaurs, and Perseus and Andromeda.
Unusual themes include a forest fire, the discovery of honey by Bacchus, early landscapes and hunting scenes.
Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of this innovative Florentine painter, a contemporary of Botticelli.
From two pairs of unicorns drawing the Duke and Duchess of Urbino to a horse-drawn fire engine racing through the countryside, how animals have drawn people everywhere.