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Accident by
Samantha Rippner
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Robert Rauschenberg (American): Accident

It’s just the start of what we now know as the media and the barrage of information that infiltrates our daily life.
#87
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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On Site
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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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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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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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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Juxtapositons
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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On Site
Cinematic by
Helen Evans
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Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath [Byzantine]

One doesn’t tend to think of silver plates as being quite as emotionally involving.
#35
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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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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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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Rotations
Cracking the Code by
Dirk Breiding
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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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On Site
Fragment by
Nicholas Reeves
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Head of Tutankhamun [Egypt]

We see only the face of a sweet, innocent, young boy whose days were sadly numbered.
#25
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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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
Getting Lost by
Deniz Beyazit
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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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Below the Surface by
Ian Alteveer
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Jasper Johns (American): White Flag

As I warmed up to this work, I realized that a work can be inscrutable and you can still love it.
#19
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Open-Minded by
Navina Haidar
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"Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj," Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)) [Present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore]

One of the great masterpieces of world art was really given rise to by the openness of the Muslim mind.
#10
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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String Theory by
Jayson Kerr Dobney
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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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