Every Picture Tells a Story…
…if you know how to read it.
This is an interactive gallery. You can explore works of art and objects to discover the stories behind them.
Each exhibit shows there is often more to a painting or an object than at first meets the eye. This is a universal phenomenon that happens across cultures and across time.
Objects on display include:
- Danae by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
- Marriage of Convenience by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
- The Briar Rose by Walter Crane
- Two Strings to her Bow by John Pettie
- Carved wood Maori canoe stern (Taurapa waka)
- Carved Elephant Tusk from Myanmar (Burma), and
Islamic Shield made in Iran or India (Deccan region), in the 19th century, for an important Muslim warrior, ruler or prince.
Find out about the story of three religious paintings made by an Italian prisoner of war – Giuseppe Baldan – for a mud chapel.
Visit the La Faruk Madonna gallery