Rarely exhibited since their creation, the intense, jewel-like watercolours of the French symbolist make for exhilarating viewing
Walter Scott conjured up a playground for painters – and they fixed his fantasy of Scotland in place
The novelist may be little read today, but his fiction inspired an enduring, Romantic vision of the past
The mysterious affliction usually only assails art buffs in Florence – but with many museums finally set to reopen, will visitors start dropping like flies?
Landscape painting went local in 19th-century Britain, writes Susan Owens, as artists celebrated the miniature marvels they found close to home
The various ways in which the ancient Romans depicted figures from the afterlife tell us much about contemporary preoccupations
Recreating scenes from famous paintings has been all the rage of lockdown, but it’s the Victorians who first played make-believe in earnest
The Victorian painter certainly had a penchant for play-acting, but his depictions of Egypt remain something of an enigma