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Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.
A critic accused Whistler of “flinging paint at the public” when he saw this painting, so Whistler sued him.
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.
Capable of being male or female, the Earth Lord Tlaltecuhtli is shown here as a woman who has given birth.
400 stainless steel poles in the high desert of New Mexico are the object, but the subject is the sublime.
The artist eliminated a key element of this innovative painting five years after he finished it.
Was this the beginning of the end for David—or a new dawn? As far as portraits of Napoleon go, there’s none better.
Best known for their allegorical ceiling frescoes, this father-son team also produced cinematic prints.
This cup depicts the god of wine Dionysos escaping pirates by hiding and turning them into dolphins.
Pozzo’s fresco reaffirms the authority of the Catholic Church and hails its expansion across four continents.
With her open mouth, tilted head, and soft flesh, Io exudes sensuality, giving herself up willingly to Jupiter.
“Luminism” sounds like a subject at Hogwarts, but it actually describes landscape paintings like this one.