Tragic queens, victorious leaders, epic battles: defining historical moments in world history.
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.
Géricault’s startled horse to Goya’s evil witches; representations of terror and fear.
Compare the precision of the Dutch flower painters with the energy of van Gogh’s sunflowers.
Self-indulgence and miserly greed, from Bacchanalian feasts to the miser’s gold coins.