Julius Exter (German, 1863–1939)
The dance legend, c. 1905

Oil on canvas
189.5 x 180 cm (74.6 x 70.9 in)
Private collection

Musa is such a passionate dancer that when she is not praying she is dancing, she is even dancing prayers. When she is dancing a prayer to the Holy Virgin, King David appears to her, dances with her and promises her that she will be allowed to dance in heaven forever, if she only renounce it now on earth. Your doubts are overcome by a heavenly melody. She lives solitary in her parents’ garden and even lets her feet be forged together with a chain. When she dies, nature becomes more beautiful, the sky opens up and Musa floats away…

William Dyce, 1806–1864
King Joash Shooting “the Arrow of Deliverance”

Oil on canvas
76.3 x 109.5 cms | 30 x 43 ins
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Elisha’s Final Prophecy: …16Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So the king put his hand on the bow, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17“Open the east window,” said Elisha. So he opened it and Elisha said, “Shoot!” So he shot. And Elisha declared: “This is the LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram, for you shall strike the Arameans in Aphek until you have put an end to them.” 18Then Elisha said, “Take the arrows!” So he took them, and Elisha said to the king…

The Ages of Man

Oil on canvas
121.8 x 153.5cm (47 15/16 x 60 7/16in)
Private collection

Sir Anthony van Dyck, ( 22 March 1599–9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draughtsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching. The Van Dyke beard is named after him.

Fausto Zonaro (Italian, 1854–1929)
Dervish ceremony , c. 1910

Oil on Canvas
100 x 201.3 cm. (39.4 x 79.3 in.)
Private collection

The Dervish ceremony was painted in Turkey, shortly before the artist returned back to Italy in 1910. Istanbul was for Zonaro the place where his artistic style evolved and matured, and the canvases that he painted during these years are probably the most interesting works of his artistic career. Zonaro grew well accustomed to the customs and clothing of the Turks, as well as the true religion essence of the dervishes, represented in this painting.

Represented in this painting are Elisa Pante, wife of Zonaro, their daughter, probably Mafalda, and the artist himself praying amongst the followers. Watched by European…

Fyodor Bronnikov
The Italian Tavern, c. 1858

Oil on canvas
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Fyodor Andreyevich Bronnikov (1827–1902) was a Russian-born history and genre painter who spent most of his life in Italy…

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Solomon Joseph Solomon, R.A., P.R.B.A. (1860–1927)
The life class

Oil on canvas
25 ¼ x 31 ½ in. (64.2 x 80 cm.)
Private collection

A life class is an art class in which students draw or paint a live model, typically one who is nude.

Solomon Joseph Solomon RA RBA (16 September 1860–27 July 1927) was a British painter, a founding member of the New English Art Club and member of the Royal Academy…

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Franz Kaspar Huibrecht Vinck
Historicising Scene on Antwerp’s Left Bank

Oil on canvas
23 x 72.5 cm
Private collection

Franz Vinck or Frans Vinck (14 September 1827–17 October 1903) was a Belgian painter known for his history paintings, genre and Orientalist scenes and portraits. He led a peripatetic life style and travelled and worked in many countries…

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Gerard de Lairesse (1640–1711)
Hercules between Vice and Virtue, c. 1685

Oil on canvas
Height: 112 cm (44 in); Width: 181 cm (71.2 in)
Louvre Museum

The theme comes from the famous apologue of Prodicas, transmitted by Xenophon, often represented by painters (Raphael, Carrache, Rubens, etc., cf. Panofsky). Vice is embodied by the provocative Voluptuousness, accompanied by an old woman in the role of matchmaker. The attribute of chaste Virtue is a horse bit, a symbol of restraint and moderation. Behind Hercules, already on the path to good, a Fame and, in the background, the temple of glory which rewards good deeds. More on this painting

Hercules at the crossroads, also known as the Choice of Hercules and the Judgement of Hercules, is an ancient Greek…

Rudolf Jettmar
Dragons and Monsters (Fight with the Monster), c. 1902

Oil on canvas
height 67.5 cm, width 124 cm
National Gallery in Prague

Rudolf Jettmar (10 September 1869, Tarnów — 21 April 1939, Vienna); Austrian painter and printmaker was born in 1869 in Zawodzie near Tarnów, Galicia. Jettmar studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and worked as a professor at this institution from 1910 until his retirement in 1936. In 1929 he succeeded Ferdinand Schmutzer as master of the masterclass for graphics. Jettmar also taught from 1898 at the Frauenkunstschule, the later Viennese women’s academy…

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Orazio De Ferrari
The rape of the Sabine women, c. 1640

Oil on canvas
Height: 180 cm, Width: 244 cm
Private collection

The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome, traditionally dated to 750 BC, in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families. The English word rape is a conventional translation of the Latin raptio, which in this context means “abduction” rather than its prevalent modern meaning in English language of sexual violation. The story provided a subject for Renaissance and post-Renaissance works of art that combined a suitably inspiring example of the hardihood and courage of ancient Romans with the opportunity to depict multiple figures…

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