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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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Nosing Around by
Julie Jones
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Nose Ornament with Spiders [Peru; Salinar (?)]

It’s a form of mask, a form of changed personality.
#88
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Dream Logic by
Joseph Scheier-Dolberg
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Shitao (Chinese): Returning Home

This is a guy who’s asking the question, “Who am I, and what am I supposed to do with my life?”
#85
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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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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Eternity by
Maxwell K. Hearn
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Fang Congyi (Chinese): Cloudy Mountain

We’ve gone from the solid world into this confrontation with the ultimate emptiness of life.
#71
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Idolized by
Diana Craig Patch
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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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Metaphorical by
Shi-yee Liu
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Liang Kai (Chinese): Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank

He’s playing on the idea of the deceptive nature of what can be seen on the surface.
#68
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Precaution by
Isabel Stünkel
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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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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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Ephemeral by
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
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Louis Comfort Tiffany (American): Hair Ornament

I think he looked at this with special eyes and those eyes help transform the way we look at nature.
#47
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Motion by
Marla Prather
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Alexander Calder (American): Mobile

I think the mobiles help to slow us down.
#45
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Paradox by
Maryam Ekhtiar
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Goa Stone and Gold Case [India, Goa]

Works of art aren’t what they seem always.
#48
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Gratitude by
J. Kenneth Moore
, curator

Goto Teijo (Japanese): Koto

This object has art, it has music, it’s got myth, but behind all that there’s a very human story.
#46
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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In the Void by
Betsy Kornhauser
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Sanford Robinson Gifford (American): A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

The artist daringly creates an enormous void, and what he does so brilliantly is to fill the void with this extraordinary light.
#44
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Sea Change by
H. Barbara Weinberg
, curator

Winslow Homer (American): Northeaster

The sea is a universal realm, and it’s a place that we don’t really understand.
#42
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Startled by
John Carpenter
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Kohei Nawa (Japanese): PixCell-Deer#24

Your perception of reality, your normal expectations of how you view things, is completely confounded.
#39
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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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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Sealed by
Yelena Rakic
, curator

Cylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion [Mesopotamia]

It does seem to indicate the balancing of forces of nature.
#29
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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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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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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Getting Lost by
Deniz Beyazit
, curator

Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66) [Turkey, Istanbul]

By looking closely I really discovered that there is a system. That there is a beauty. There is a sense of music even behind how these flowers work together.
#16
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Modern Living by
Amelia Peck
, curator

Frank Lloyd Wright (American): Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota

This was my first step into modernism, which after this I began to appreciate more and more.
#2
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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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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