Why did the Countess of Mercia ride naked through the streets of an Anglo-Saxon town? And who was Peeping Tom?
He was 22, just trained, and on a working holiday on Capri. She was 17, and the priest had warned her not to associate with artists. She ignored that advice.
One of the first international superstars, she was an accomplished painter and sculptor herself. Here’s her life in portraits by her friends.
Degas was nothing if not thoroughly sociable. Here are some of his more significant artistic friendships, with paintings.
Some paintings which may not show the traditional story from the gospels, but which don’t contradict it.
He built his career from scratch three times, but today is known for his paintings of fashionable women. There is more to his art than that.
Did he just paint fashionable women in fashionable clothing, or was there more to this hugely successful artist?