Three to seven sisters who guard Hera’s golden apples in a land ‘to the west’, painted by Burne-Jones, Leighton, Turner, Sargent, and more.
In the Renaissance, the unicorn wasn’t legendary at all, but had appeared in classical accounts of natural history. It was as real as a rhinoceros.
A brief overview of his career, with some of his finest paintings, and links to more detailed accounts.
Why did the Pre-Raphaelites want to return to the ‘purity’ of painting before Raphael? Did they succeed?
Raphael’s legacy, including assimilation of styles, figures so lifelike they’re ‘almost breathing’, and a large workshop.
Including an unusual Transfiguration, which is a composite with the story of healing of a boy possessed by the devil.
Thirteen bays of four small frescoes each telling the Old Testament stories from the Creation to the building of the Temple, and four of the life of Christ.
Her legends are confusing, but make no significant mention of music. So how did she become patron saint of music and musicians?
The painting that made Saint Cecilia the patron saint of music, a vision of Ezekiel, Pope Leo X, and a woman who could be a courtesan or the artist’s partner.
An architect, a sculptor and painter, and a young painter. Add a Pope who wants to be remembered, and this is what happens.