Famous for discovering his wife Aphrodite making love with Ares, he is blacksmith to the gods, and selected mortals.
Sleeping figures painted by Rubens, Poussin, Velázquez, William Blake, Richard Dadd and other masters.
Much more than just a court painter, Velázquez rose from the ranks to become the King’s friend, and ultimately died as a result of his royal duties.
Two illusions used extensively by painters for centuries before they were recognised. Glare used to accentuate brightness, and Venus for reflection in a mirror.
Reading many European paintings depends on identifying classical deities shown. This new series helps you do that, and understand what’s going on.
Raphael’s legacy, including assimilation of styles, figures so lifelike they’re ‘almost breathing’, and a large workshop.
The vital relationship between painter and patron, donor, dealer and others. Shown in examples from Rubens, Velázquez, Brett, Renoir and Bonnard.
Loyal to their master or mistress, often to the point of self-sacrifice. Paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez, Courbet and Bonnard.
Easily told in words, stories are harder to paint. Here are five main methods used, explained and shown in examples from the masters.
An overview of some of the articles on painting published here during the last year. From Goethe’s Faust to Leonardo da Vinci.