The Execution of Lady Jane Grey
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There are few paintings more dramatic than The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche. A fine example of history painting, the piece represents a golden age in the genre.

History painting rose to special prominence in nineteenth century England, with many artists borrowing subjects from European and English history for their work. Aside from their popularity, history paintings were also a useful vehicle to explore heightened emotion or to convey the artist’s ideas about the lessons offered by the past. Delaroche specialized in history painting and quickly became known for his melodramatic depictions of English and French history…


And when did you last see your father?
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The nineteenth century was a prime time for history painting. Traditionally, history painting-which takes its name from the Latin word historia, meaning story-is simply a narrative style of painting. However, in the nineteenth century, British painters took history painting in a different direction and increasingly used the genre to portray events from their country’s past.

History paintings quickly became popular with the public as well as offering artists a useful vehicle to explore heightened emotion or to convey the artist’s ideas about the lessons offered by the past. …


The Escape of a Heretic
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There’s a particular type of dramatic history painting that is unique to the art of John Everett Millais. While Millais is typically known as a Pre-Raphaelite painter-not a group of artists typically known for dramatic scenes-he experimented with many different artistic styles and techniques during his long career.

Despite this, Millais returned to one theme again and again throughout his artistic life: moments of great emotional drama seen through the lens of historical events. These pieces usually portrayed imagined historical figures escaping from extreme and dangerous situations, inspired by real historical events. The Proscribed Royalist, 1651, A Huguenot on St…


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So, I guess this is Supernatural’s answer to Titanic, huh? All it needed was a rendition of “My Heart Will Go On.” (Although, that might have been incongruous with a divine underwater explosion.)

Seriously though, this was a pretty sad episode. It was tragic that those men and Delphine died on that submarine for basically no reason. None of those soldiers asked to be involved in a cosmic, divine war, and Delphine was basically just following orders. And, now that we know that the Hand of God isn’t useful anymore, it seems like their sacrifice was kind of a waste…


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Not gonna lie, this episode felt like filler to me.

I’m not saying it was a bad episode or anything like that, but nothing about it really stood out to me. Plus, aside from Dean’s encounter with qareen Amara, there was nothing really related to the main plot of the season in this episode. And, let’s be real, we all already knew that Amara was Dean’s deepest, darkest desire.

The only surprising thing about this episode was that Dean actually told Sam that Amara was his dark desire. Normally that’s something he would lie about. So, it only took eleven…


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Now this was a good episode! In fact, it was the best episode of Supernatural that I’ve seen in a long time. It was just such a joy to see the Winchesters spending time with Jody, Claire, and Alex. If the boys have any family left, it’s the three of them! The entire episode was very emotionally satisfying.

It was so just refreshing to see a family dynamic that doesn’t just involve the two brothers picking at each other. Instead, we got to see high school drama, argumentative teenagers, and an exhausted parent (I guess Sam and Dean are the…


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That Lucifer, he’s tricky isn’t he? I don’t know what I expected, but even I was surprised by the degree of deception that he displayed. I guess they don’t call him the Prince of Lies for nothing!

However, despite all of his tricks, using Dean to draw Amara out is not the worst idea for getting rid of her. I mean, he’s the only person that she has any sort of emotional connection to. You could say that he’s her only weakness.

All the same, it’s really tough to see Lucifer walk around in Cas’s body. It’s so creepy to…


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Who would have thought that the devil could be so persuasive?

I mean, I guess they call him the Prince of Lies for a reason, but I was surprised by how reasonable and plausible some of his arguments were. He even had me believing him for half a second! I guess that’s because every good lie has a grain of truth. And, Lucifer was correct about a lot of the things that he said. The worst thing that Sam ever did was not looking for Dean after he went to purgatory, and Sam has been guilty of a lot of…


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This episode was fantastically weird. The entire time I was watching it, I was thinking “this is such a strange episode.” However, it was also fantastically good!

First of all, I think we need to talk about Dean and Amara’s relationship. They have got some kind of bond that I absolutely cannot understand in any way. It’s both fascinating and also sort of weird and disturbing. However, it’s much less disturbing now that Amara has an adult body and isn’t a little girl anymore.

Speaking of Amara, she is REALLY getting scary. If lightning strikes and water turning into blood…


Green Summer
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Happy summer! In honor of the first day of the season, I want to share a painting by the great Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones. Burne-Jones stands out as one of the most productive and talented artists of his age; like many Pre-Raphaelites, he was driven by a desire to create serious and meaningful art.

However, by the time Burne-Jones painted Green Summer in 1868, his art was beginning to move toward the values of the Aestheticism movement. Aestheticism in art is often defined as “art for art’s sake;” painters who embrace Aestheticism tend to prioritize the beauty of the piece…

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