A loving leer at The Rokeby Venus, painted on the sly by Diego Velazquez while on holiday in Italy c. 1647-51. An erotic nude once the private pleasure of a libertine, the painting now stands as an icon of London's National Gallery.
Art critics and historians appreciate and analyze Edouard Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass," which was famously rejected by the Salon of 1863. The work sparked a scandal, but won admirers such as Zola and Picasso.
An appreciation of Rembrandt's 1642 painting "The Night Watch," featuring the Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lt. William van Ruytenburch. The iconic painting's creation and history are detailed by art historians and critics.
"The Third of May 1808" by Francisco Goya (1746-1828) commemorated the execution of Spanish revolutionaries by Napoleon's invading French Army. The 1814 painting is placed in its historical context and hailed as a masterpiece of political art.