A selection of the better paintings from Tissot’s 350+ on the life of Christ, and his unfinished series of Old Testament stories.
A simple story with an obvious climax to be shown. But getting the composition right proves a test even for the Masters.
There have been four different readings of this well-known painting. Does any of them work, or should we look to a different account?
Concluding the analysis of narrative paintings showing Andromeda’s rescue from sacrifice to Cetus, the sea monster.
First of two parts looking at the many great paintings of Andromeda’s rescue from sacrifice to Cetus.
An unusually moral story of the classical gods; superb paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Elsheimer, and others.
Byrne-Jones tried to tell the complex story of Perseus and Andromeda in a series of 10 paintings. Here is the story and background.
Tackled by several Masters, this well-known story has also been well-shown. Which painting provides the best narrative?
Unheard of now outside Germany, his narrative paintings look straightforward at first. But when you try reading them…
We still associate brushmarks with sketchiness, speed of painting, spontaneity, bravura, and panache – and smooth paint surfaces, assembled from multiple layers and glazes, as being heartless mechanical essays in technique.