Virtually explore the Courtauld Gallery with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we make of this painting today?
Griselda Pollock unpacks some of the questions raised by Manet’s last masterpiece.
Manet turns the tables—or in this case, the bar—on how we view painting.
The Paris Opera was a who’s who of society, and the attendees were as much on display as the performers.
Is that a lion, or a dog? Cranach’s peculiar animals have us scratching our heads along with Adam.
Gauguin’s nude is suspended between dreams and reality— just like his imperialistic vision of Tahiti.
All conventions of perspective are called into question in Cézanne’s meditation on the nature of experience.
An optimistic message to his doctors, or a farewell letter to his utopian artistic dream? We’re all ears.