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The Dark Lord by
Kurt Behrendt
, curator

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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Breakthrough by
Thomas P. Campbell
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Bernard van Orley (Netherlandish) and Pieter de Pannemaker (Netherlandish): The Last Supper

Faded as it is, damaged as it is, it still almost moves me to tears that it survives.
#75
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Magical by
Adela Oppenheim
, curator

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
, curator

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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Precaution by
Isabel Stünkel
, curator

Hippopotamus [Egypt]

A lot of us are inclined to only see his cute side, but in fact there is a lot more to him than that.
#65
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Compassion by
Carrie Rebora Barratt
, associate director

John Trumbull (American): The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar

Every one of his pictures has an agenda.
#61
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Monsters by
Kiki Karoglou
, curator

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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Love by
Mia Fineman
, curator

Adam Fuss (English): Love

When you are truly in love and then you lose it, you feel like you’re being emptied out.
#41
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Family by
Perrin Stein
, curator

Jacques-Louis David (French): Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons

I think David got at some essential aspect of being a parent.
#40
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Sustenance by
Catharine Roehrig
, curator

Statue of an Offering Bearer [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre]

They’ve captured her in a moment in time.
#36
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Unfinished by
Andrea Bayer
, curator

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) (Italian): The Baptism of Christ

I think his age liberated him and that he was working on it for himself.
#31
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Fragment by
Nicholas Reeves
, curator

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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Enigma by
Janice Kamrin
, curator

Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman's Head [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb KV 55, Davis/Ayrton 1907]

It seems to me that aesthetically this goes well beyond meeting the need of surviving into the afterlife.
#14
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Altered States by
Nadine Orenstein
, curator

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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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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