Category: Narrative Paintings

Ajax and Cassandra by Raphael

I saw this drawing when I visited the metalpoint exhibition at the British Museum. I was really quite taken with it, the way in which Raphael has told the story. This is from the Greek myth where Ajax the Lesser abducts Cassandra from the temple of Athena and rapes her. The thing that struck me …

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Ophelia by John Everett Millais

Oil on canvas, 762 x 1118 mm, 1851/2, Tate Britain, London John Everett Millais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This is one of my favourite Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the detail achieved by Millais is stunning and the depiction of the slowly running water is fantastic. Millais tells the tragic story of Ophelia in a way that …

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The Sacrifice at Lystra by Raphael

I visited the Cast Courts at the V & A to study Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, so as I was there I went to see the Raphael cartoons. It is excellent being able to see them all together. I could have studied any of them for the exercise on narrative paintings but I found The …

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King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid by Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons   This was another painting that I discovered on my visit to Tate Britain, it is really interesting  to go a gallery with the aim of finding narrative paintings to research and annotate. I had seen images of Burne-Jones work before, but the scale of this painting surprised …

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Vision of Medea by JMW Turner

I went to Tate Britain to research the narrative paintings exercise. I came across this interpretation of the story of Medea by JMW Turner. My notes can be found here: Vision of Medea by JMW Turner I found it interesting how Turner had included more than one scene from the story in the same painting …

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The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter by Henry Thomson

As part of my research to complete the coursework on Narrative Paintings I visited Tate Britain where I came across this painting by Henry Thomson – an artist I had not come across before. My notes on the painting can be found here Thomson Jairus What I found interesting about this particular exercise was researching …

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