Tragic queens, victorious leaders, epic battles: defining historical moments in world history.
The motherly love of the Madonna to the passion of Titian’s Bacchus, love in its many forms.
Flora and fauna; whether symbolic or documenting one-time curiosities from foreign lands.
The dangers of envy: Rubens’s jealous furies to Veronese’s depictions of jealousy provoked by deceit.
Everyday chores and pastimes, from Dutch maids to the spectacle of the Spanish bullfight.
Times of grief and sadness epitomised by the pietà - the mourning of Christ’s dead body.