For over 300 years, the most popular literary source for narrative paintings. This new series will cover the background and tell its story in great paintings.
For the last 3,500, monkeys have often appeared in European paintings. Here’s a brief survey, with examples from Botticelli, Brueghels, Clara Peeters, Watteau, and others.
Tracing the social history of gambling in paintings by Bosch, Caravaggio, de La Tour, Salvator Rosa, Murillo, Hogarth, and others.
A lighter and formerly very popular story brings to light some masterly paintings, including a superb work by Jan Brueghel the Elder.
Why did it take over 300 years to solve a compositional problem, and tell such a simple story?
For two centuries, Bosch’s innovative ideas and symbols were used in northern Europe. But after 1700, all changed again.