Added to portraits to indicate the sagacity of the subject, owls were dear to the heart and brush of Hieronymus Bosch.
What’s the difference between a lute and a mandolin? Was Napoleon responsible for the early loss of popularity of mandolins?
The late 19th century took gambling upmarket into glitzy casinos. Seen in paintings by Courbet, Rossetti, Félix Vallotton, and others.
After a brief marriage to actress Ellen Terry, his paintings became symbolist. He claimed to paint ideas rather than objects.
Celebrating the bicentenary of this major and influential British painter and sculptor: a brief biography and selection of his paintings.
A woman artist painting nudes? Better than her husband? Keeping her maiden name too? She changed a lot of attitudes in her career as a painter.
A popular title in the 19th century, it is almost a hallmark of the Aesthetic movement: no narrative, no meaning, just art for art’s sake. Except…
His early paintings were narrative and highly original. From the 1870s they changed, becoming more Aesthetic.
Several Pre-Raphaelites painted this character from a Shakespeare comedy, but as a symbol of despondent isolation. Why?
Taught by Watts, a friend of Rossetti and Frederic, Lord Leighton, his paintings were popular, successful, and well known. Until the early 20th century.