Tracing the social history of gambling in paintings by Bosch, Caravaggio, de La Tour, Salvator Rosa, Murillo, Hogarth, and others.
Was he a monster or a god? When Glaucus rises from the surface of the sea, Scylla runs away in terror. With a superb painting by JMW Turner.
As his style became more distinctive, he painted fine religious set-pieces, and some superb and enigmatic secular works.
What are accessories or ‘staffage’, what narrative, and what intrinsic to the reading and style of a landscape?
The visual tradition of a stairway to heaven appears quite recent. I propose that Blake was its originator.
From the early years of landscape painting as a genre in its own right, artists have used it to depict the awe-inspiring but fascinating horrors of the sublime.