Category: Art

Visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, etc.

Hermitage Video Tour

Gary Bembridge offers a short video tour of the beautiful Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world,...

In this Giotto painting of The Adoration of the Magi, his careful composition and lifelike expressions of his figures brighten and warm the image.

Italian Artists: Giotto, Fra Angelico, and Filippo Lippi

Giotto di Bondone (1266/7–1337) was the first of the great Italian masters. Like most artists of his day, his work focuses on religious subjects, with spectacular examples including frescoes in Assisi, the Arena Chapel...

Johannes Vermmer used light beautifully in this painting of young woman with a pitcher.

Dutch Masters

During the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, political and cultural events transformed Dutch art. New prosperity and changes that followed Dutch independence after the Eighty Years War fostered the development of many of the artists...

Snow Storm by Joseph Mallord William Turner

British Artists

During the classical era of English art (from about 1750–1790) painters such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs were at the height of their popularity. As the Romanitic movement emerged in the...

Howard Pyle: Illustrator

American author and illustrator Howard Pyle studied art in Philadelphia with F. A. Van der Weilen, then began writing and illustrating his own stories.

Art for Divine Comedy by Dante

Gustave Doré did a series of famous illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy, which we study in World Literature, Module 4. Here are a few examples of these highly detailed etchings. Click on an image...

This Greek pottery is decorated with an image of Ulysses escaping from the Cyclops by hiding underneath a ram.

Ancient Greek Literature in Art

Over the centuries, the authors and characters of Ancient Greek literature have been portrayed in many different styles; here are a few below. To learn more about classical Greek art, visit the Metropolitan Museum...

Author Friendships in Images

Most people enjoy hanging out with friends who have similar interests, and writers are no different. Here are a few famous author friendships, including T. S. Eliot,and Virginia Woolf;  George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc,...

Hudson River School Artwork

The Hudson River School A group of artists known as the Hudson River School painted romantic landscape scenes, some of which depicted the American setting for Washington Irving’s works. These artists included Thomas Cole,...

Renaissance Art

Renaissance art emerged as a distinct style in Italy in about AD 1400, along with developments in philosophy, literature, music, science and technology. Renaissance art, including painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, took as its foundation the...

Caesar artwork

These works of art may help you visualize the setting and characters of Julius Caesar. Click on an image to see it in a larger size.

Faust from Goethe.

Faust Illustrations

Here are some Faust illustrations.     Faust and Mephistopheles in the Hartz Mountains, 1825-27 Eugène Delacroix: Mephistopheles in the Skies, an illustration from the first French translation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust,...

Romantic Art

Here are some artworks from the Romantic era. How do these convey the same ideas you’re reading about? To see a larger image, click on the individual artwork below.

The White Ship by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Victorian Art

During the the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), a distinctive style of art emerged. Known as Victorian art, it reflected the idea that the role of art was to reflect the world, not to...

Self portrait by Raphael.

Art in Death Comes for the Archbishop

Artists mentioned Death Comes for the Archbishop include El Greco, Raphael, Titian, Jean-Georges Vibert, and Henri Fantin-Latour. If you own a copy of The Annotated Mona Lisa, study the work of these artists. If...

Arthurian Images by Pre Raphaelites

The Arthurian legends have been illustrated in many ways. A group of nineteenth-century artists known as the Pre-Raphaelites painted many romantic illustrations of Arthurian figures. Click on an image below to see it larger.

The wild and beautiful Haworth landscape was treasured by the Brontë sisters.

Jane Eyre’s Three Paintings

Jane Eyre’s Three Paintings: Biblical Warnings & Greek Legends By Peter Bolt, English Department, North East Worchester College [England] Charlotte Brontë’s ability to use her encyclopaedic knowledge of the Bible first appears in her...