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Japanese objects came through Mexico on their way to Spain, and had a lasting impact on the arts of the Americas.
Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.
Sources tell us that painting was the Greek’s finest art form: is this a hint at what we’re missing?
How would you paint a picture of something that’s not quite representable… like the sound of voices chanting, a spiritual vision, a childhood memory, or a dream that you can’t remember?
1066—William the Conqueror crossed the sea, invaded England, and became king. Language and art changed forever.
This screen offers an idealized bird’s eye view of Mexico City on one side, and depicts the Conquest on the other.
Complete mayhem! The violent scenes of this remarkable handscroll meld grisly horror with morbid humor.
Painted for a divided US, people from North and South could identify with this image—others remain marginalized.
The Italian city-states were constantly at war, but this battle is between surface decoration and deep space.
Time collapses in this ambitious painting. As the Greeks battle the Persians, the West fends off the Ottoman East.
On this marriage chest, domestic duties meet political concerns as Florence casts a wary eye on a changing East.
Bare-breasted with a bayonet? Liberty leads a revolution that won’t be televised but will be seen in the Paris Salon.