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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.
Terrorists overran Palmyra twice despite international cries for protection, sowing irreversible destruction.
This screen offers an idealized bird’s eye view of Mexico City on one side, and depicts the Conquest on the other.
Painted for a divided US, people from North and South could identify with this image—others remain marginalized.
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.
Think of the children! In contrast to David’s earlier paintings, this scene extols the strength of women.
Delacroix’s scene of Greek survivors is anything but heroic and offers no relief to the suffering depicted.
Disorganized and youthful, Dutch troops surrender to the seasoned Spanish army. Count the victors’ spears!
This monumental 11th-century needlework presents an action-packed illustration of Anglo-Norman history.