Category: Art

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

Hermitage Video Tour

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...

Literary Friendships in Images

Literary Friendships in Images

It’s fascinating to see how different writers interacted with each other. Enjoy these great photos! Here below are T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G. K. Chesterton.    

Hudson River School Artwork

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,...