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Osorio’s art explores the experience of being Puerto Rican in New York City.
What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.
Singer Sargent’s evocative canvas turns a sweet, ordinary scene into a symphony of shapes and colors.
Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.
Originally a sliding wall, these golden panels use bamboo, a Chinese motif, to illustrate a Japanese poetic trope.
Hospitality was key in ancient Rome, and this wall painting shows the gifts that guests may have received.
The Colombian Chorographic Commission mapped the country while also documenting the landscape and its people.
Blue-and-white porcelain was much admired at the Imperial court, but a booming export market also drove production.
Not all Chinese porcelain is blue and white. Overglaze enamels add touches of pink, green, yellow, and black.
Rivera celebrates Indigenous culture, but also points to poverty in this melancholy painting of a flower seller.
Every inch of this contemplative space was carefully crafted—there’s bamboo, patterned paving, and scholar’s rocks.