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"Landscape with Mercury and Argus," Unknown maker, Flemish, about 1570. Oil on panel. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California | Mercury, the standing figure, lulls the seated Argus to sleep with his flute, thus leaving the beautiful white cow--a transformation of the nymph Io--unguarded.

Marcus Curtius, Roman hero by Lucas van Haelwech, 1602. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

"Arms of Marguerite Crohin," Bruges, Belgium, about 1480 - 1485?. Tempera colors and gold on parchment. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Head of a Sleeping Bacchante; Gustave Courbet (French, 1819 - 1877); 1847; Fabricated black chalk with stumping, lifting, and scratching; 50.2 x 38.7 cm (19 3/4 x 15 1/4 in.); 99.GE.43

"June Calendar Page with Mowing and Zodiacal Sign of Cancer," Strasbourg, France, early 16th century. Tempera colors on parchment. J. Paul Getty Museum

Siege of Blaye from BL Royal 20 C IX, f. 227v by Jean Chartier, 1475 - 1499. The British Library, Public Domain

English army in Saint Denis from BL Royal 20 C IX, f. 83v by Jean Chartier, 1475 - 1499. The British Library, Public Domain