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Face by
Joanne Pillsbury
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Mask [Olmec]

Being able to recognize a face is one of those fundamental survival skills.
#95
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Freeze Frame by
Thayer Tolles
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Frederic Remington (American): The Old Dragoons of 1850

Remington’s mythic vision has become our vision.
#98
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Centerpiece by
Carlos A. Picón
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Restored by Pacetti, Vincenzo (Italian)

One wonders what will an audience in a hundred years think of it.
#82
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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She by
Jason Sun
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Figure of a Seated Court Lady [China]

It also tells us a lot about human nature, about this constant and eternal pursuit of beauty.
#79
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Bricks by
Sarah B. Graff
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Two Panels with striding lions [Babylonian]

It always had this possibility to come alive in a very real sense.
#74
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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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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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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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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Arresting by
Charles Little
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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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Stubborn by
Sinéad Vilbar
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Fudõ Myõõ (Achala-vidyãrãja) [Japan]

He’s like the bouncer of Buddhism.
#59
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Snapshot by
Marsha Hill
, curator

Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon [Egypt]

You start saying, “Who were they, and what are their personalities?”
#62
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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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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Bundle of Emotions by
Yaëlle Biro
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Seated Figure [Djenné peoples; Mali, Inland Niger Delta region]

It has all these apertures almost as if it is breathing and hearing what is around it.
#53
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Monsters by
Kiki Karoglou
, curator

Marble capital and finial in the form of a sphinx [Greek, Attic]

This makes you think about beauty, especially female beauty, as being both enchanting and dangerous.
#50
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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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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Startled by
John Carpenter
, curator

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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Divinity by
Denise Leidy
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Arhat (Luohan) [China]

It looks like someone you might know, someone you might talk to.
#37
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Sustenance by
Catharine Roehrig
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Statue of an Offering Bearer [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre]

They’ve captured her in a moment in time.
#36
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Healer by
Jim Draper
, curator

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French): Le Trait d’Union

What may initially look like a few blobs upon contemplation turns into be a family story.
#32
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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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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Fragment by
Nicholas Reeves
, curator

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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Enamored by
Seán Hemingway
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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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Pensive by
Soyoung Lee
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Pensive Bodhisattva [Korea]

It is a figure that is contemplating and invites me to come and think with it.
#8
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Naked Authority by
Joan R. Mertens
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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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Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
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Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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