The Egyptian Widow (1872)

Alma-Tadema, Lawrence (1836-1912) The Egyptian Widow 1872 Oil on panel, 74.9 × 99.1 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam The Frisian artist Alma-Tadema was a great success in England, where he was even knighted. His representations of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman scenes made…

The Death of the Pharaoh’s Firstborn Son (1872)

Alma-Tadema, Lawrence (1836-1912) The Death of the Pharaoh’s Firstborn Son 1872 Oil on canvas, 77 × 124 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam In this scene from the biblical book of Exodus, Moses and Aaron (upper right) visit the pharaoh, who is mourning his…

Pietà (c.1603)

Carracci, Annibale (1560-1609) Pietà c.1603 Oil on copper, 41.3 x 60.7 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Overwhelmed by her helplessness and pain, Mary holds her dead son in her lap. Pale colours and the pathos of marbles by Michelangelo and from antiquity…

Giovane donna nuda allo specchio (1515)

Bellini, Giovanni (c.1430-1516) Giovane donna nuda allo specchio (Young woman at her toilette) 1515 Oil on poplar panel, 62.9 x 78.3 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Inscription: “Joannes bellinus faciebat M.D.X.V.” As an elderly man, Bellini turned to the depiction of a…

Roméo et Juliette (1905)

Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917) Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) 1905 Marble, 71 cm Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg See also: • Shakespeare, William (1564-1616): Romeo and Juliet (1595)

San Sebastiano curato da Sant’Irene (1628)

Ribera, Jusepe de (1591-1652) San Sebastiano curato da Sant’Irene (St Sebastian Cured by St Irene) 1628 Oil on canvas, 156.5 x 188 cm Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg Jusepe de Ribera lived the greater part of his life in Naples, which at…