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Originality by
Dita Amory
, curator

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch): The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci

The density of lines enhances the extraordinary emotion of the moment.
#30
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Drama by
Peter Barnet
, curator

Plaque with the Journey to Emmaus and Noli Me Tangere [Spanish]

The power that this sculpture has is precisely in the fact that it’s not always so concerned with naturalism and it’s really concerned with telling a story.
#28
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Protective by
Alison Manges Nogueira
, curator

Giovanni Bellini (Italian): Madonna and Child

I can see a very deep sense of compassion, a mother’s desire to protect her child, which she may only be able to do for a short while.
#27
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Looming Change by
Melinda Watt
, curator

Deneirouse and Boisglavy (French): Shawl

There are tulips, roses, carnations, irises, hydrangea, and they form this sort of dense garden that weaves in and out of the paisley shapes.
#21
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Threshold by
Keith Christiansen
, curator

Berlinghiero (Italian): Madonna and Child

It’s an expression that can be dead, unless we engage ourselves in it.
#18
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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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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Reading Matisse by
Rebecca Rabinow
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Henri Matisse (French): The illustrated book, "Jazz"

There are these gorgeous, sublime images, but there’s also a sense of worry.
#22
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Sounds
Atmospheric by
Malcolm Daniel
, curator

Roger Fenton (English): [Landscape with Clouds]

It’s not about the particular place, it’s about a state of mind.
#26
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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On Site
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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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
, 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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Clips
String Theory by
Jayson Kerr Dobney
, curator

Hermann Hauser (German): Guitar

I listen to him play and I just get this profound respect.
#3
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Fine Dining by
Chris Lightfoot
, curator

Silver spoon and fork [Roman]

It’s the smaller objects that really speak to you directly as an individual, as a person.
#7
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Extreme Fashion by
Andrew Bolton
, curator

Alexander McQueen (British): No. 13 [Collection]

When I first watched it, it was purely visceral, and made me question the requisites of clothing.
#11
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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The Geeky Side by
Melanie Holcomb
, curator

Curtain of the Tabernacle, one of six illustrated leaves from the Postilla Litteralis (Literal Commentary) of Nicholas of Lyra [French]

It’s as much about the power of images as anything I know.
#9
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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My First Time by
George Goldner
, curator

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek): View of Toledo

To me the works of art that have the greatest impact are the ones that begin with reality and expand on the experience of reality.
#13
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Naked Authority by
Joan R. Mertens
, curator

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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Winners and Losers by
Xavier Salomon
, curator

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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