History in Pictures

Art is a record of ideas and messages from the past by reflecting its own time and culture. Sometimes art’s culture is foreign to our own experiences and understanding today, which requires a translation in order for us to grasp the meaning of its intent and the significance in its time. Listen and learn about works of art and their context from M&G’s collection and others—it’s an opportunity to view the world beyond your twenty-first-century perspective and experience.

Carlo Dolci

  • May 01, 2020

Carlo Dolci
Madonna and Child

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg, 1915

Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846-1920), Henrik Wigström (Russian, 1862-1923, House of Fabergé (Russian, 1842-1918). Gold, silver, enamel, glass, ivory; overall: 8.6 x 6.4 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, The India Early Minshall Collection 1963.673.

Russian icon

  • Mar 01, 2020

The Resurrection

Russian icon

Edwin Long, R. A.

  • Feb 01, 2020

Edwin Long, R. A.
Sir Henry Irving as Richard III, Duke of Gloucester

Hezekiah Tapestry

  • Jan 01, 2020

The Life of Hezekiah Is Prolonged Fifteen Years

Brussels, c. 1530

Master of the Borghese Tondo

The Nativity

Julius Weitzner

  • Nov 01, 2019

Julius Weitzner
John Koch


Bone Casket

  • Oct 01, 2019

Bone Casket
Netherlands, 15th century

Christ Disputing with the Elders
Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti (attr. to)

Ulrich Zwingli

from The Lives of the Principal Reformers

Richard Rolt (author) and Richard Houston (engraver)

Salvator Rosa

  • Jul 01, 2019

Landscape with the Baptism of Christ
Salvator Rosa

Pietro Novelli

  • Jun 01, 2019

The Trinity Sends St. Gabriel the Archangel to Announce to Mary the Incarnation
Pietro Novelli, called Il Monrealese

The Visitation
Johann Friedrich Overbeck

The Ascension
Benjamin West, P. R. A.

Albrecht Dürer

  • Mar 01, 2019

Praying Hands
Albrecht Dürer

Gaspar de Crayer

  • Feb 01, 2019

St. Augustine
Gaspar de Crayer

Allegory of the Fall and Redemption of Man
Lucas Cranach, the Younger

The Adoration of the Magi
Frans Francken, the Younger

Visiting Museums

  • Nov 01, 2018

M&G Paintings on Loan

Greenville County Museum of Art

Eyre Crowe

  • Oct 01, 2018

Wittenberg, October 31, 1517
Eyre Crowe, A. R. A.

Gustave Doré

  • Sep 01, 2018

The Ascension
Gustave Doré

Madonna and Child with Saints
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini

Gilbert Stuart

  • Jul 01, 2018

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait) 1796
Gilbert Stuart

Martin Luther Discovering Justification by Faith
Edward Matthew Ward, R. A.