Not well known now, she features in two myths which have been extensively painted by Tintoretto, Carracci, Brueghel, and Claude Lorrain.
Nine daughters of Mnemosyne representing each division of the classical arts. Paintings from Raphael to Moreau.
Daughter of Uranus and Gaia, and mother of the nine Muses, she has seldom been painted on her own, except by Rossetti.
Not an illusion as such, it has been used to great effect by a wide range of painters from Mantegna to Munch.
Two illusions used extensively by painters for centuries before they were recognised. Glare used to accentuate brightness, and Venus for reflection in a mirror.
How to succeed as a painter in Venice? According to Tintoretto, cut your prices so they just cover the cost of materials. If necessary, give a painting or two away to secure the commission.
Paintings of this popular story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by Tintoretto, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and the unknown Gabriel Guay.
Father Time, a grey-haired old man with a beard, wearing ultramarine blue, and holding a scythe and hourglass.
Concludes a history of the unicorn in paint, from travellers’ tales and Paulus Potter, through Gustave Moreau into the early 20th century.
Her legends are confusing, but make no significant mention of music. So how did she become patron saint of music and musicians?