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Celestial by
Clare Vincent
, curator

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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Breakthrough by
Thomas P. Campbell
, director

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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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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Arresting by
Charles Little
, curator

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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Fantasy by
Femke Speelberg
, curator

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
, 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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Noise by
Maryan W. Ainsworth
, curator

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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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
, curator

Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

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