Aquatic imagery: The power of water in art throughout the ages

There’s no better place on sweltering summer days than to be by the water. As a relentless heatwave grips Europe, people are flocking to tranquil bays by the sea, clear freshwater lakes, burbling streams, or even public swimming pools.

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Artists, too, have been inspired to depict refreshing water scenes over the centuries. Medieval paintings show bathers romping naked in a pool, while modern artists like David Hockney have focused on shimmering suburban swimming pools.

Click though the above picture gallery to explore some famous water-related artworks.