Viewed as classic and fit for narrative painting, Faust is about good and evil, a powerful story which has inspired powerful paintings.
Two painters: one married Charles Dickens’ daughter and stopped painting, the other became a prolific illustrator, including books by Dickens’ grand-daughter. The Victorian Web at work.
After the huge death toll of the war, including 2 major painters, a week in Paris in May resulted in a further 7,000 deaths, and the destruction of public buildings. Hardly a painter in France wasn’t affected.
An illustrated timeline and overview of how the human visual environment, and perception of it, has changed from ancient times to virtual reality.
We’re easily convinced of the reality of 2D images – as when early audiences panicked as the Lumières’ train ran at them in a movie. How has our exposure to pictures changed, though?
Racing sandyachts 500 years ago, Punch and Judy shows, the painter who inspired Pissarro, and a firing squad: not what you’d expect on the beach.
Degas was nothing if not thoroughly sociable. Here are some of his more significant artistic friendships, with paintings.
A selection of paintings by Memling, Bosch, Blake, Tissot, Corinth, and others to mark Easter.
Moreau’s extraordinary paintings have been described as Symbolist, Decadent, even Surrealist. They are notoriously difficult to read – here is some help.
After his reputation was shredded by Roger Fry, Alma-Tadema was almost forgotten. Why should his work now be revived?