From bizarre origins as his mother was consumed by fire, and he completed gestation in Zeus’ thigh, to his marriage to Ariadne on the island of Naxos.
Rome saved from invasion of Lars Porsena and his Tuscans/Etruscans, by the bravery of one man, Horatius Cocles.
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.
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.
A commission for ten cartoons from which tapestries were to be made. These were to be hung along the walls of the chapel, telling the lives of Sts Peter and Paul.
Painted by Bosch, the animal painter Paulus Potter, Charles Le Brun, and others. Best known from Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps.