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A powerful image of ageing and personal loss that eludes any concrete reading

Self-Portrait (1660) by Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn). Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States. Image source The Met (public domain).

A portrait of wealth containing an allegory of moral judgement

Woman Holding a Balance (c. 1664) by Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Image source National Gallery of Art (Open Access image)

Myths of writers and artists that go back centuries

Photo by Amauri Mejía on Unsplash

From the sublime to the mysterious, a keystone movement in art history

Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps (1810–1812) by J. M. W. Turner. Oil canvas. Tate Britain, London. Image source Wikimedia Commons

A revolutionary painting and a crucial step in the development of modern art

Black Square (1915), by Kazimir Malevich. Source Wikimedia Commons

A beguiling artwork thought to be the very first modern painting

Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) by Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Image source Wikimedia Commons

A philosophy of art from a controversial thinker

Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche (1906) by Edvard Munch. Image source Wikimedia Commons

A Biblical story realised in astonishing detail

The Tower of Babel (1563) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Oil on panel. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Image source Wikimedia Commons

The power of serendipity to open up new creative pathways

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How Clement Greenberg defined the work of Monet, Cezanne and other modern painters

Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Image source Wikimedia Commons

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