Milton’s own book-by-book summary with a selection of the finest paintings and illustrations, and links to individual articles.
The climax: Satan enters the serpent, and tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. Adam and Eve are undone.
Was a primordial deity, attendant at Aphrodite’s birth, or her son by Ares/Mars? When did he get his bow and arrows? Answered in fine paintings.
More slumbering people painted by Courbet, Doré, Walter Crane, and major painters of the 19th century.
The Circe of Arthurian legend, for much of the time she battles with King Arthur. But when he is mortally wounded in battle, they are reconciled. Stories in paintings.
In the Renaissance, while oil painting was still catching on, many of the greatest masterpieces were painted in egg tempera. How, and to what effect?
More Western paintings of devils, from William Blake to Cézanne and Gustave Moreau. Devils become much more human, and dangerous.
One of Ovid’s most painted stories, still popular, with some of the finest depictions by Poussin, Rubens, Corot, Watts, Scheffer, and others.
After a brief marriage to actress Ellen Terry, his paintings became symbolist. He claimed to paint ideas rather than objects.
Celebrating the bicentenary of this major and influential British painter and sculptor: a brief biography and selection of his paintings.