A-Level: Nature—Plants in 2D or 3D works

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Pepón Osorio, <em>En la barbería no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)</em>
Pepón Osorio, En la barbería no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)

Osorio’s art explores the experience of being Puerto Rican in New York City.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, <em>The Swing</em>
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.

John Singer Sargent, <em>Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose</em>
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Singer Sargent’s evocative canvas turns a sweet, ordinary scene into a symphony of shapes and colors.

<em>The Court of Gayumars</em>
The Court of Gayumars

Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.

Giorgione, <em>The Tempest</em>
Giorgione, The Tempest

In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

<em>Bamboo in the Four Seasons</em>: painting and poetry in Japan
Bamboo in the Four Seasons: painting and poetry in Japan

Originally a sliding wall, these golden panels use bamboo, a Chinese motif, to illustrate a Japanese poetic trope.

Still Life with Peaches
Still Life with Peaches

Hospitality was key in ancient Rome, and this wall painting shows the gifts that guests may have received.

Carmelo Fernández, <em>The Strait of Furatena in the Minero River</em>
Carmelo Fernández, The Strait of Furatena in the Minero River

The Colombian Chorographic Commission mapped the country while also documenting the landscape and its people.

Chinese porcelain: production and export
Chinese porcelain: production and export

Blue-and-white porcelain was much admired at the Imperial court, but a booming export market also drove production.

Chinese porcelain: decoration
Chinese porcelain: decoration

Not all Chinese porcelain is blue and white. Overglaze enamels add touches of pink, green, yellow, and black.

Diego Rivera, <em>Calla Lilly Vendor (Vendedora de Alcatraces)</em>
Diego Rivera, Calla Lilly Vendor (Vendedora de Alcatraces)

Rivera celebrates Indigenous culture, but also points to poverty in this melancholy painting of a flower seller.

Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden
Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden

Every inch of this contemplative space was carefully crafted—there’s bamboo, patterned paving, and scholar’s rocks.