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Awkward by
Cora Michael
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Edgar Degas (French): Little Girl Practicing at the Bar

So much about dance vocabulary has to do with line.
#91
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Hipster by
Jan Glier Reeder
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Charles James (American, born Great Britain): Evening dress

The construction defies any usual dress-making norms.
#93
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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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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Exposure by
Freyda Spira
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Albrecht Dürer (German): Adam and Eve

Prints interest me because they circulate in society.
#76
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Identity by
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide
, curator

Jean-François Oeben (French): Mechanical Table

This furniture allowed you to move in certain ways that might be seductive.
#78
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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French Dressing by
Harold Koda
, curator

Paul Poiret (French): Paris

It’s maddening because you would never think to approach the making of a garment in this way before.
#57
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Bundle of Emotions by
Yaëlle Biro
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Seated Figure [Djenné peoples; Mali, Inland Niger Delta region]

It has all these apertures almost as if it is breathing and hearing what is around it.
#53
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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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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Tipping Point by
Stijn Alsteens
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Albrecht Dürer (German): Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso)

All kinds of aesthetic decisions are taken that make the jump from an observation to a work of art.
#43
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Divinity by
Denise Leidy
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Arhat (Luohan) [China]

It looks like someone you might know, someone you might talk to.
#37
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Healer by
Jim Draper
, curator

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French): Le Trait d’Union

What may initially look like a few blobs upon contemplation turns into be a family story.
#32
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Enamored by
Seán Hemingway
, curator

Bronze statue of Eros sleeping [Greek or Roman]

It’s so quiet that you don’t think of it as so radical, but actually it’s very rare and unusual to show a god sleeping.
#15
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Juxtapositons
Thinking Aloud by
Carmen Bambach
, curator

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian): Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)

I can see the humanity in a way, the figure breathing.
#12
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Altered States by
Nadine Orenstein
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Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch): Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses

For me a great work of art is something that goes beyond the image that it’s depicting.
#6
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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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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Faith by
Luke Syson
, curator

Antonio Rossellino (Italian): Madonna and Child with Angels

Something which is profoundly beautiful on a human level has the capacity to transport beyond daily experience.
#1
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
, curator

Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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