Everyday chores and pastimes, from Dutch maids to the spectacle of the Spanish bullfight.
Cheating husbands and wives, and murderous heretics; images of guilt and retribution.
Compare the precision of the Dutch flower painters with the energy of van Gogh’s sunflowers.
Times of grief and sadness epitomised by the pietà - the mourning of Christ’s dead body.
Corot’s rural idylls, Turner’s sublime seascapes, and the faded grandeur of ancient Rome.
The motherly love of the Madonna to the passion of Titian’s Bacchus, love in its many forms.