Often an excuse for a classical nude, at least two paintings show her clothed, and many reveal her love affairs.
Aphrodite fully clothed, and a polar bear on the ice of the Arctic – just two of the later paintings of this Victorian artist.
He became extremely popular, with his genre scenes containing animals, particularly dogs. A selection from the early years of his career.
Loyal to their master or mistress, often to the point of self-sacrifice. Paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez, Courbet and Bonnard.
Look for series covering the life and paintings of Raphael, the Swedish Anders Zorn, Amedeo Modigliani, and articles on others with anniversaries this year.
In paintings by JMW Turner, Gustave Moreau, Lovis Corinth and others. Strangely so many put into danger or conflict by humans.
Ulysses sojourn with Circe, from the Odyssey, as an inset to Virgil’s Aeneid, as retold by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. A first-hand account of transformation.