A-Level: The relationship between wo/man and nature in 2D or 3D works

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John Singleton Copley, <em>Watson and the Shark</em>
John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark

A former orphan, Watson became a wealthy and influential man—after surviving a near-fatal shark attack.

Théodore Géricault, <em>Raft of the Medusa</em>
Théodore Géricault, Raft of the Medusa

Géricault’s massive canvas takes its format from history painting, but its subject is ripped from the headlines.

Fra Angelico, <em>The Annunciation</em>
Fra Angelico, The Annunciation

The life-sized figures of Mary and Gabriel occupy an open porch—a space not unlike the cloisters of San Marco.

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.

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

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

Thomas Cole, <em>The Hunter’s Return</em>
Thomas Cole, The Hunter’s Return

Cole feared for the American landscape as his country expanded westward.

<em>Bahram Gur Fights the Karg (Horned Wolf)</em>
Bahram Gur Fights the Karg (Horned Wolf)

In this hunting scene from the Persian Book of Kings, the ruler Bahram lives up to his nickname “Gur,” or swift.

Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun
Paintings from the Tomb-chapel of Nebamun

Scenes show Nebamun’s family at work and play, giving vibrant insight into the lives of ancient Egyptian elites.

Running Horned Woman, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria
Running Horned Woman, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria

In an ancient North African “rock city,” modern explorers wetted a wall with water—revealing this graceful image.

Jacques-Louis David, <em>Napoleon Crossing the Alps</em>
Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

Was this the beginning of the end for David—or a new dawn? As far as portraits of Napoleon go, there’s none better.

The Tiepolo Family
The Tiepolo Family

Best known for their allegorical ceiling frescoes, this father-son team also produced cinematic prints.

Anthropomorphic stele
Anthropomorphic stele

This stone marker depicts an abstracted human. How should we interpret one of the Arabia’s earliest artifacts?