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Freeze Frame by
Thayer Tolles
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Frederic Remington (American): The Old Dragoons of 1850

Remington’s mythic vision has become our vision.
#98
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Centerpiece by
Carlos A. Picón
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Restored by Pacetti, Vincenzo (Italian)

One wonders what will an audience in a hundred years think of it.
#82
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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The Dark Lord by
Kurt Behrendt
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Mahakala, Protector of the Tent [Central Tibet, Sakya Order]

It not only grabs my attention and pulls me into this alternate reality, but it plays very much with issues that I find threatening.
#81
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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She by
Jason Sun
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Figure of a Seated Court Lady [China]

It also tells us a lot about human nature, about this constant and eternal pursuit of beauty.
#79
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Head of Class by
Stuart Pyhrr
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Filippo Negroli (Italian): Burgonet

You have a sense of an independent sculpture.
#80
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Bricks by
Sarah B. Graff
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Two Panels with striding lions [Babylonian]

It always had this possibility to come alive in a very real sense.
#74
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Hyperreality by
Kim Benzel
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Relief panel [Assyrian]

That infinite image creates an endless echoing, which is almost dizzying and supernatural.
#72
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Magical by
Adela Oppenheim
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Pectoral and Necklace of Sithathoryunet with the Name of Senwosret II [Egypt}

You have to imagine that nobody really saw this except the princess.
#67
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Idolized by
Diana Craig Patch
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Cult Image of the God Ptah [Egypt]

This piece spoke to me when I realized, you don’t need a single written word, three thousand years later, we can understand the same language.
#70
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Blazing Saddle by
Donald La Rocca
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Saddle (gser sga) [Tibetan, Derge]

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.
#66
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Stubborn by
Sinéad Vilbar
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Fudõ Myõõ (Achala-vidyãrãja) [Japan]

He’s like the bouncer of Buddhism.
#59
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Fashion Plate by
Pierre Terjanian
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Kolman Helmschmid (German): Portions of a costume armor

I look at armor as hollow, moving sculptures.
#49
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Monsters by
Kiki Karoglou
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Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx [Greek, Attic]

This makes you think about beauty, especially female beauty, as being both enchanting and dangerous.
#50
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Sealed by
Yelena Rakic
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Cylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion [Mesopotamia]

It does seem to indicate the balancing of forces of nature.
#29
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Juxtapositons
Over the Top by
Beth Carver Wees
, curator

Designed by Paulding Farnham (American); Manufactured by Tiffany & Co.: The Adams Vase

It’s not something for everyone, but in terms of its moment it’s a star.
#23
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Cracking the Code by
Dirk Breiding
, curator

Attributed to Heinrich Heid von Winterthur (German/Swiss): Crossbow of Ulrich V of Württemberg

Art history is very much like detective work, and if you’re lucky there’s even a mystery to be solved.
#24
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Fragment by
Nicholas Reeves
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Head of Tutankhamun [Egypt]

We see only the face of a sweet, innocent, young boy whose days were sadly numbered.
#25
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Getting Lost by
Deniz Beyazit
, curator

Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66) [Turkey, Istanbul]

By looking closely I really discovered that there is a system. That there is a beauty. There is a sense of music even behind how these flowers work together.
#16
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Naked Authority by
Joan R. Mertens
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Marble statue of a kouros (youth) [Greek, Attic]

His power resides in his beautiful body and the steadfast gaze.
#20
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Winners and Losers by
Xavier Salomon
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian): The Triumph of Marius

Tiepolo’s style, and the same is true for opera, is that more is more.
#5
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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