THE SECRET HISTORY OF ART takes you on a series of private guided tours of the world's greatest artworks. Best-selling author and professor of art history Noah Charney presents the history, symbolism, and importance of each work. The Secret History of Art is a series of lessons in miniature on great works of art around the world. By spending just a few minutes per masterpiece, you can learn the mysteries, stories, and secrets of some of civilization’s greatest treasures.
Juan de Valdés Leal “In Ictu Oculi” & “Finis Gloriae Mundi” (1670-1672)
This week's podcast examines a macabre pair of paintings found in Seville, "In Ictu Oculi" and "Finis Gloriae Mundi" by Juan de Valdes Leal. Learn why coffin-carrying skeletons and decomposing bishops in open tombs makes for comforting hospital decoration.