This site offers a personal exploration of great paintings, mainly in the field of religious art. Click on 'rationale' below for more on the background to the site. 

   Below are links to the thematic studies tackled so far. There are also studies on individual works of art, and on art in context in Italy and in the U.K.
  Comments on the site are very welcome; please send to the address below. To avoid spam, the email address is not directly linked.

All images used on the site are ones widely available on the Internet. Should copyright have been inadvertently breached, please contact the site editor at the address below.


                                           Rationale for the site                                                  


Themes in religious painting:

 The life of the Virgin and the childhood of Jesus

  The Passion and Resurrection of Christ

The Shepherd and the Lamb

Legends of the saints: St. Jerome, St. Anthony, St Ursula,  St Mark and Venice,
John the Baptist        St Thomas of Canterbury

St Swithun of Winchester     New!  St Wilfrid

The great cover-up: Masaccio and Michelangelo

The Legend of the True Cross

The Art of Angels

Giotto and the Franciscans

Abraham and Isaac

 The story of Jonah

Giotto and Dante

St Francis of Assisi

The world's greatest portraits?

New! A sacred symbol: the pomegranate
Studies of individual artworks: 

Duccio, Margarito of Arezzo, The Augustine Gospels.
  Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne
The Benedictional of Aethelwold 

Carolingian and Mayan art: a comparison.
The Franks Casket
The Pala d'Oro in San Marco, Venice.
The Font of the Duomo in Verona.
The bronze doors of the Basilica of San Zeno, Verona.
The Cortona Polyptych by Fra Angelico

The Armadio degli Argenti by Fra Angelico

The Dionysus mosaic in the House of Aion, Cyprus
The Badia Ardenga Polyptych by Guido di Siena
The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden.

The San Zeno Altarpiece by Mantegna
The Wilton Diptych
 Cortona Annunciation by Fra Angelico - and more.
The Alfred Jewel - and more.

 The Dijon Panels by Melchior Broederlam
The Thornham Parva Retable
New! The San Marco Altarpiece by Fra Angelico

  Sacred Places: art in context 

Explorations of sacred places in England, Italy, Spain, and the Holy Land.

New posts

The Annunciation and Venice

The Porta della Carta of the Ducal Palace

The Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence

The Orsanmichele in Florence