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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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On Site
Arrival by
Morrison Heckscher
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The Great Hall

It serves the kind of function that railroads used to serve: masses of people efficiently being moved from place to place.
#86
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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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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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
, curator

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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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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On Site
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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On Site
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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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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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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On Site
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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Enigma by
Janice Kamrin
, curator

Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman's Head [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb KV 55, Davis/Ayrton 1907]

It seems to me that aesthetically this goes well beyond meeting the need of surviving into the afterlife.
#14
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Naked Authority by
Joan R. Mertens
, curator

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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