Foundations

The Dead Christ

Holbein the Younger’s image still startles 500 years after its creation.

Prometheus

The immortal Titan abandoned to his eternal fate.

Venus and Mars

Love conquers all in Botticelli’s sensuous mythological masterpiece. 

Laocoön

A warning is ignored and a city falls in El Greco’s lurid depiction.

Father Figure

A 17th-century depiction of Joseph and Jesus marks a shift in the status of the nuclear family.

Arachne and Minerva

A commentary on the plight of the artist, wrapped in a dramatic tale of rivalry between god and mortal.

The Flood

Human suffering is at the heart of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.