Depictions of gods and goddesses, fantastic beasts and the heroes of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Cheating husbands and wives, and murderous heretics; images of guilt and retribution.
Corot’s rural idylls, Turner’s sublime seascapes, and the faded grandeur of ancient Rome.
Colour as a medium of expression: van Gogh’s landscapes to Seurat’s scientific experimentations.
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.