This site offers a personal exploration of great paintings, mainly in the field of religious art. Click on 'rationale' below for more on the background to the site. 

   Below are links to the thematic studies tackled so far. There are also studies on individual works of art, and on art in context in Italy and in the U.K.
  Comments on the site are very welcome; please send to the address below. To avoid spam, the email address is not directly linked.

All images used on the site are ones widely available on the Internet. Should copyright have been inadvertently breached, please contact the site editor at the address below.




     

  Rationale for the site                                                    Not really a blog . . . Update: Watts Chapel

 


Themes in religious painting:

 The life of the Virgin and the childhood of Jesus

  The Passion and Resurrection of Christ

 
The Shepherd and the Lamb

Legends of the saints: St. Jerome, St. Anthony, St Ursula,  St Mark and Venice

The great cover-up: Masaccio and Michelangelo

The Legend of the True Cross

New:The Art of Angels

Sacred Places: art in context 
 

Studies of individual artworks: 

Duccio, Margarito of Arezzo, The Augustine Gospels.
  Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne
The Benedictional of Aethelwold 

Carolingian and Mayan art: a comparison.
New! The Franks Casket

 

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