An Austrian who trained at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, joined a gold rush in Australia, then painted the continent’s landscapes.
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.