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How Monet captured colour and weather in his haystacks; the proto-Escher engravings of Piranesi; the extraction of Goya’s famous Black Paintings; and the ancient artistic motif spread across Europe, the Middle East, and India.

Claude Monet / Public domain

To capture the changes of sunlight and weather, Monet worked on multiple paintings at the same time.


Giovanni Battista Piranesi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Prisons of the Imagination portrayed impossible architectures more than a hundred years before M. C. Escher.


Saturn Devouring His Son
Francisco Goya [Public domain]

Goya’s Black Paintings were painted on wallpaper in his house. To preserve them, the paintings had to be cut from the walls.


The Master and Mistress of Animals is an artistic motif found in ancient art across Eurasia.

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