Across the world different cultures have combined handwriting and art to create aesthetic works of text. These differing traditions across communities and timespans are fascinating to compare.
Rivers, canals and lakes from across Europe and beyond, as depicted in painting, photographs, maps and more
The Mauritshuis is famous for its unique collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters from the Golden Age. Here is a selection of our favourite works.
At the edges of the known world, in the depths of the seas, great monsters lurk. Based on myths and travellers' tales artists and mapmakers gave them form.
Seas surround us, inspiring artists for centuries. Explore these seascapes from across Europe, scenes of tranquility, storms, leisure and industry.
Paintings, engravings and drawings of people wearing traditional, national and folk costumes and clothing from across Europe.
Stained glass is a centuries old artform. These windows - in churches, houses, factories, museums and more from buildings in several countries across Europe - show a range of artistic styles.
Explore these cultural cats from collections across Europe - these drawings, photographs and paintings show the finest of feline forms.
In Europe and the Middle East the dragon was a legendary creature of evil. Noble knights could slay them, holy saints could tame them. But are the dragons of myth based on reality?
Unlike the Western classical harp, the arched harp does not have a supporting pillar, but a string bearer that arches away from the resonator. Found in East Africa, South East Asia and other regions, with depictions existing from ancient Egypt and India.
A pluriarc is an instrument with several bows, each one with a string attached. Found in Southern, West and Western Central Africa.
The bow of an instrument - because of its shape, weight, strength and balance - can be as important as the instrument itself. Bows have many shapes and sizes - here are just a few!
Heinrich Hamann (1883-1975) learned to be a photographer in his father’s atelier. A keen gymnast, Hamann portrayed many athletes in action. This gallery pays tribute to his exceptional work, in which movement is captured beautifully.
Depictions of animals in mediaeval times required a good memory - and, occasionally, a vivid imagination.