How could I follow my 85-part account of Ovid’s Metamorphoses? With the greatest collection of biographies of classical figures, an inspiration to Charlotte Corday herself.
With costume and clothing his fascination, his work spans genres and styles, from the fashionable and facile, to his good friend, the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
An unusual transformation, from statue to person, which has been widely retold. A superb series from Burne-Jones, more from Gérôme, and Regnault – fine paintings.
You’d think a painting of him in battle would be ideal, not one of him being dragged from a brothel.
Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1866, in the next 4 years he painted several startling canvases which took the Salon by storm. Then he was killed.
From the 1870s, Salome became the central figure in the story, and increasingly became the femme fatale: beautiful, sexy, and dangerous to know.