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.


Head of Christ, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (school of)
Louis XVI Musical Mantel Clock
Portrait of Charles the Bold, Peter Paul Rubens (follower of)
The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon, Jacopo Robusti, called Il Tintoretto
Two Angels with Banner, Unknown English 19th Century
Domenico Zampieri, called Il Domenichino
Anthony van Dyck
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Isaiah’s Lips Anointed with Fire: Benjamin West, P.R.A.
Carlo Francesco Nuvolone
Carlo Dolci
Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg
Russian icon
Edwin Long, R. A.
Hezekiah Tapestry
Master of the Borghese Tondo
Julius Weitzner
Bone Casket
Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti
Richard Houston (engraver)
Salvator Rosa
Pietro Novelli
Johann Friedrich Overbeck
Benjamin West, P. R. A.
Albrecht Dürer
Gaspar de Crayer
Lucas Cranach, the Younger
Frans Francken, the Younger
Visiting Museums
Eyre Crowe
Gustave Doré
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Gilbert Stuart
Edward Matthew Ward