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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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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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Predator by
Fiona Kidd
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Clasp with an eagle and its prey [Parthian]

So rarely do we get a real snapshot of an individual.
#90
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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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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Boy Geniuses by
Timothy B. Husband
, curator

Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish): The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry

In the center of the book, they’re struggling with their compositional arrangements, but as they progress, they become incredibly inventive.
#84
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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Hyperreality by
Kim Benzel
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Relief panel [Assyrian]

That infinite image creates an endless echoing, which is almost dizzying and supernatural.
#72
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Paris - New York by
Peter Kenny
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Charles-Honoré Lannuier (American): Card table

It wasn’t for poker at night with the boys.
#69
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Blazing Saddle by
Donald La Rocca
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Saddle (gser sga) [Tibetan, Derge]

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.
#66
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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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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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
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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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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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Juxtapositons
Over the Top by
Beth Carver Wees
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Designed by Paulding Farnham (American); Manufactured by Tiffany & Co.: The Adams Vase

It’s not something for everyone, but in terms of its moment it’s a star.
#23
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Looming Change by
Melinda Watt
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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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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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