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Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.
The life-sized figures of Mary and Gabriel occupy an open porch—a space not unlike the cloisters of San Marco.
What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.
Cole feared for the American landscape as his country expanded westward.
In this hunting scene from the Persian Book of Kings, the ruler Bahram lives up to his nickname “Gur,” or swift.
Scenes show Nebamun’s family at work and play, giving vibrant insight into the lives of ancient Egyptian elites.
In an ancient North African “rock city,” modern explorers wetted a wall with water—revealing this graceful image.
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 stone marker depicts an abstracted human. How should we interpret one of the Arabia’s earliest artifacts?
With its fantastical setting and lovers’ dance, this painting introduced a new genre: the “fête galante.”