Faced with an unforgiving lump of marble, the 80-year-old Michelangelo sent more splinters soaring (and at three times the speed) than three robust stone cutters could produce. Mad with loneliness (his lover, Vittoria Colonna, closest friend, Luigi del Riccio, and lifetime servant, Urbino, were all d
What would the Baroque have been without Rubens? This dynamo of artistic energy infiltrated all the great courts of Europe, spreading the lush, riotous, regal style that had formed in the wake of the Renaissance. His sprawling canvases depict life on an epic scale, as if he needed extra room to inclu
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the aesthetic and intellectual world of England belonged to the Bloomsbury group. By now its members are household names: Bertrand Russell, Clive Bell, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf. Their writings alone speak volumes about the Bloomsbury pench
Hieronymus Bosch born Jeroen Anthonissen van Aken c.2 October 1453 – August 9, 1516) was an Early Netherlandish painter of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The artist's work is well-known for the use of fantastic imagery to illustrate moral and religious concepts and narratives.