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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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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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Celestial by
Clare Vincent
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Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian): Celestial globe with clockwork

As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with the best.
#92
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Boy Geniuses by
Timothy B. Husband
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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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Be Prepared by
Constance McPhee
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William Blake (British): The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

He believed he saw angels and his art was supposed to convey some of that experience.
#83
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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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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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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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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Threshold by
Keith Christiansen
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Berlinghiero (Italian): Madonna and Child

It’s an expression that can be dead, unless we engage ourselves in it.
#18
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Atmospheric by
Malcolm Daniel
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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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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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Faith by
Luke Syson
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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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