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The Renaissance

The Renaissance

by John Addington Symonds The Renaissance RENAISSANCE—The “Renaissance” or “Renascence” is a term used to indicate a well-known but indefinite space of time and a certain phase in the development of Europe. On the...

Ivan Turgenev

Turgenev and Tchaikovsky

In this brief article, scholar, editor, and translator Luis Sundkvist explores the life of noted Russian author Ivan Turgenev and considers ways in which his life and work intersected with the Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Biography...

Washington Irving, 1783-1859

Washington Irving Timeline

Washington Irving’s place in history This timeline documents major events and influences on Washington Irving’s life and work. It begins by outlining the events and publications in Irving’s life, then looks at American literature, visual...

William Blake by Thomas Philips

William Blake Biography (1911)

The William Blake biography from the 1911 Encyclopedia Brittanica offers an opinionated glimpse of the life and style of author and artist, William Blake.

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...

Ancient Greek Literature Resources Index

Ancient Greek Literature Resources Index

Ancient Greek resources currently available on our site include: “Why Study the Pagans?” by Cheryl Lowe “Why We Read the Odyssey” by Deborah Stokol Introduction to Greek Tragedy Introduction to Classical Greek Literature by...

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...

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

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

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

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.