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Terrible Beauty by
C. Griffith Mann
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Master of Belmonte (Spanish): Saint Michael

Medieval art is very much about a multi-media experience.
#96
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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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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Celestial by
Clare Vincent
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Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian): Celestial globe with clockwork

As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with the best.
#92
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Shellshocked by
Yassana Croizat-Glazer
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Bernard Palissy (French): Pilgrim Flask

It reminds me of extraordinary vacations spent by the seashore.
#89
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Be Prepared by
Constance McPhee
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William Blake (British): The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

He believed he saw angels and his art was supposed to convey some of that experience.
#83
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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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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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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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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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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Identity by
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide
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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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Predestined by
Barbara Drake Boehm
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Plaque with Censing Angels [French]

We’re seeing in the angels what we see in one another when we’re in difficult times.
#77
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Doomed by
Sabine Rewald
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Otto Dix (German): The Businessman Max Roesberg, Dresden

He had such a clinical, nearly satirist viewpoint.
#73
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Arresting by
Charles Little
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Relief of the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus [French]

Amongst the violence and the chaos, you have to dissect the beauty and the tranquility that’s taking place here.
#64
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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The Choice by
Walter Liedtke
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Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch): Aristotle with a Bust of Homer

The central problem of Western civilization is reduced to one guy who’s got to puzzle it out for himself.
#63
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
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Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Fantasy by
Femke Speelberg
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Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (French): Mascarade à la Grecque; Suite des Vases; and [Cheminées]

That’s what I love about works on paper the only restriction is your own genius.
#58
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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French Dressing by
Harold Koda
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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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Noise by
Maryan W. Ainsworth
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Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish): The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment

Van Eyck has really broken the silence.
#55
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Phenomenon by
Bradley Strauchen-Scherer
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Bartolomeo Cristofori (Italian): Grand Piano

It’s completely intuitive; it’s very responsive; it’s incredibly intimate.
#56
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Starting Over by
Elizabeth Cleland
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Partly based on a woodcut by Jost Amman (Swiss); Woven by Anonymous Flemish weavers: Hunters in a Landscape

This tapestry is almost the antithesis of what one expects from a great sixteenth-century weaving.
#54
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Motion Picture by
Asher Miller
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Eugène Delacroix (French): The Abduction of Rebecca

It’s a still image, but I see it in motion.
#51
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
, 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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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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Love by
Mia Fineman
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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
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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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Morning Catch by
Jeff Munger
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Covered Broth Bowl and Stand (écuelle ronde et plateau rond)

It’s so exaggerated by current standards of taste that I think it’s very hard for us to appreciate today for what it is.
#38
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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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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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
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Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

The whole world is encapsulated in one piece.
#34
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Unfinished by
Andrea Bayer
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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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