At the start of the 15th century, Italian easel paintings used egg tempera. By the end, Leonardo da Vinci was pushing the technical boundaries using oil paint.
Having painted in Realist, Naturalist and Impressionist styles, from about 1893 she settled with the Pre-Raphaelite, even making egg tempera her main medium.
Painted on two panels of oak using egg tempera, it combines gold and raised details to mimic precious stones. How it was made.
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?
Over 550 years ago, a 14 year-old boy started his apprenticeship with the Florentine painter and sculptor Verrocchio. He was Leonardo da Vinci, and here are some of his master’s works.
Job being smitten by boils, a Count left to starve to death, the ghost of a flea, and one of Blake’s most complex and enigmatic paintings: true genius.
A famous British Admiral, a former Prime Minister, Chaucer and his Canterbury pilgrims, and the last bard alive – all subjects for these remarkable paintings.
Fifty paintings of scenes from the Bible: they could easily have been so bland. Not for Blake, though, whose genius shines through.
Rural naturalist, Impressionist, and Pre-Raphaelite styles in portraits, landscapes, genre, and religious paintings: that is versatility.
A hauntingly beautiful portrait of a young adult woman lost in quiet thought, made to fit on her mummy. Was she contemplating her eventual death?