Flora and fauna; whether symbolic or documenting one-time curiosities from foreign lands.
The dangers of envy: Rubens’s jealous furies to Veronese’s depictions of jealousy provoked by deceit.
Corot’s rural idylls, Turner’s sublime seascapes, and the faded grandeur of ancient Rome.
Géricault’s startled horse to Goya’s evil witches; representations of terror and fear.
Tragic queens, victorious leaders, epic battles: defining historical moments in world history.
Colour as a medium of expression: van Gogh’s landscapes to Seurat’s scientific experimentations.