Art in the United Kingdom

We admit it, we are anglophiles. From Lincoln Cathedral to Sir Christopher Wren to the Young British Artists.

videos + essays

Looted and revered: The Rosetta Stone
Looted and revered: The Rosetta Stone

A conversation with Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker in front of the Rosetta Stone, Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, 196 B.C.E., granodiorite, 112.3 x 28.4 x 75.7 cm (The British Museum)

Ford Madox Brown, <em>The Last of England</em>
Ford Madox Brown, The Last of England

The Last of England is a poignant reminder of the journey made by millions of people during the 19th century.

William Holman Hunt, <em>Isabella or the Pot of Basil</em>
William Holman Hunt, Isabella or the Pot of Basil

Throughout his career, Hunt stayed close to the aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in his attention to detail and insistence on narrative content.

A page from the Mewar Ramayana
A page from the Mewar Ramayana

Eleven painted scenes in a single page.

Carlo Crivelli, <em>The Annunciation with Saint Emidius</em>
Carlo Crivelli, The Annunciation with Saint Emidius

What are Persian carpets, a peacock, and a cucumber doing in a painting of The Annunciation?

Anthony van Dyck, <em>Equestrian Portrait of Charles I</em>
Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I

A portrait of the cultivated, but deeply flawed, politically inept, and unlucky King Charles I, who ended his days beheaded on a scaffold.

J.M.W. Turner, <em>Snow Storm</em>
J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm

Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.

Anthony van Dyck, <em>Charles I with M. de St. Antoine</em>
Anthony van Dyck, Charles I with M. de St. Antoine

Though he was eventually beheaded, this portrait encapsulates the king's notion of independent authority, and his belief in the divine right of kings.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, <em>The Swing</em>
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.

Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies
Christine de Pizan and a City of Ladies

Christine de Pizan was an author and intellectual and wasn't afraid to show the strength of women in the early 15th century.

Rembrandt, <em>Self-Portrait with Two Circles</em>
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Two Circles

Rembrandt's enigmatic self-portrait at Kenwood House is an apt example of the artist's long career in self-exploration.

Portraits of Christine de Pizan in <em>The Queen’s Manuscript</em>
Portraits of Christine de Pizan in The Queen’s Manuscript

Christine de Pizan was the first professional author and an important female role model from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.