Skip to main content

Birds and death in paintings

What have birds got to do with death? Ed Dickenson reveals some of the hidden meanings in our paintings

This is a YouTube video player. Below the video are the title, view time and description. Below that is a carousel of video thumbnails. Clicking a thumbnail will load and play that video.

1 video

Slide number: 1
View time: 4:55

Paintings featured in this video:

The Virgin and Child by Master of the Borgo Crucifix

The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca

The Trinity with Christ Crucified

The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli

The Adoration of the Kings by Jan Gossaert

The Judgement of Paris by Peter Paul Rubens

The Madonna and Child ‘La Madonna del Gatto’ by Federico Barocci

The Holy Family with Saints by Garofalo

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Jacob Jordaens

The Graham Children by William Hogarth

Still Life with Lemons by Juan de Zurbarán

Still Life: Vanities by Harmen Steenwyck

A Woman in a Red Jacket feeding a Parrot by Frans van Mieris the Elder

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ 

You might also like...

How to spot your saints

How to spot your saints

Cleavers, poison and snakes, oh my! But what do they have to do with saints? Ed Dickenson explains all
Love and punishment: Arrows in art

Love and punishment: Arrows in art

From Cupid's bow to Odysseus's epic archery skills, discover the meaning of arrows in art with Carlo Corsato
Chemistry of colour

Chemistry of colour

Malachite

Journey through a spectrum of colours with our Scientific Department as we explore some of the different pigments used in our paintings
Chemistry of colour

Chemistry of colour

Red lakes

Discover how red pigments originate from the cochineal beetle
Take a video tour of art history's female protagonists

Take a video tour of art history's female protagonists

In celebration of International Women's Day, Fiona Alderton chooses some highlights in our collection
Make and create

Make and create

Get stuck in with our online art tutorials you can easily follow at home
Cats in the collection

Cats in the collection

From starring roles to cameo performances, meet some of the cats who've sneaked into our paintings
X
/
Y