Two different takes to start things off on one subject: the myth of the abduction of Europa by Zeus, who tended to run around and cheat on his wife by transforming himself into all sorts of things. You know, you'd think Hera would take her anger out on that cheating lout of a husband instead of the women or any offspring of those dalliances, but no....
This first painting, The Rape Of Europa, is by the Italian painter Guido Reni, and dates back circa 1637-39.
The second, by Dutch artist Caesar Boetius van Everdingen, is an oil painting from circa 1650 titled The Abduction Of Europa.
This oil painting continues with the mythological side of things, entitled Ulysses Discovering Astynax Hidden In Hector's Tomb. It is by the French artist Sebastian Bourdon, dating to 1654-56, and deals with the fall of Troy to the Greek army under Odysseus (otherwise known as Ulysses to the Romans, who were too lazy to actually devise their own gods and heroes and just renamed the Greek ones).
This marble bust of an aging Cosimo de' Medici was done between 1715-20 by the Italian sculptor Giovanni Foggini.
Moving forward in time, we have this portrait by British artist George Romney, depicting the Mohawk warrior and chief Joseph Brant, known to his people as Thayendanegea. It was painted in 1776.
Today I finish up with Benjamin West's The Death Of General Wolfe. This is the primary version of the painting- there are at least four variants by West out there, including one in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. It depicts the dying commanding general James Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham at the end of the Battle of Quebec in 1759, the pivotal battle of the French & Indian War. It is impossible to pass by this canvas and not stop to take it in.