Corot’s rural idylls, Turner’s sublime seascapes, and the faded grandeur of ancient Rome.
Times of grief and sadness epitomised by the pietà - the mourning of Christ’s dead body.
Flora and fauna; whether symbolic or documenting one-time curiosities from foreign lands.
Self-indulgence and miserly greed, from Bacchanalian feasts to the miser’s gold coins.
The changing face of fashion: van Dyck’s grand portraiture to Renoir’s fashionable Parisiennes.
Cheating husbands and wives, and murderous heretics; images of guilt and retribution.