Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Self-portrait at thirty-five (1876)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Man on a Stair (c. 1876)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Canephores, 1852
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John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt
William Holman Hunt, May Morning on Magdalen College Tower, Oxford, 1891
John Everett Millais, George Grey Millais, 1876
This is one of a series of oval portraits Millais made of his children, possibly in emulation of Gainsborough’s images of the offspring of George III in Windsor Castle. George was Millais’s second son and was a student at Cambridge when he contracted the typhoid fever that killed him two years after sitting for this painting.
Ford Madox Brown, The Finding of Don Juan by Haidee, 1878
John Everett Millais, Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru, 1846
Millais was only sixteen when the Royal Academy accepted this composition for exhibition. It shows the conquistador Francisco Pizarro capturing, in 1532, Atahuallpa, the last Inca emperor, at Cajamarca in the Peruvian highlands, an event accompanied by the slaughter of around seven thousand Inca by Spanish forces. The pyramidal composition, Baroque diagonals and lighting, and groups of huddled women and children derive from religious pictures of the Renaissance and later neoclassical and Romantic history paintings.