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A-level: Marc Quinn, <em>Self</em>
A-level: Marc Quinn, Self

This work is an example of provocation with a purpose.

A-level: A Buddha from Mathura
A-level: A Buddha from Mathura

Divinity in stone, an early Buddha from Mathura.

A-level: Benin Plaques
A-level: Benin Plaques

How to impress your courtiers: a lesson from the Kingdom of Benin

A-Level: Rembrandt, <em>The Jewish Bride</em>
A-Level: Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride

With its almost sculptural surface and dazzling range of textures, this painting once reduced van Gogh to tears.

A-Level: Rembrandt, <em>Aristotle with a Bust of Homer</em>
A-Level: Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer

What lies beneath the surface? Research into a “crusty” buildup of paint reveals Rembrandt’s editing process.

A-Level: Sample set of works for Identities
A-Level: Sample set of works for Identities

These works explore questions of divinity, gender identity, ethnicity, and the urban environment.

A-Level: Liu Chunhua, <em>Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan</em>
A-Level: Liu Chunhua, Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan

Promoting Mao as a revolutionary leader, this portrait melds Chinese landscape convention with socialist realism.

A-Level: Sacred space and symbolic form at Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India)
A-Level: Sacred space and symbolic form at Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India)

Beautiful women and loving couples adorn this temple. Together, they symbolize fertility, growth, and divine union.

A-Level: Michel Tuffery, <em>Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000)</em>
A-Level: Michel Tuffery, Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000)

Tuffery’s iconic “tinned bull” addresses contemporary concerns about ecological health and food sovereignty

A-Level: <em>Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)</em>
A-Level: Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja)

Caught in a moment of his dance, this many-limbed figure embodies Hindu ideals of beauty and physical perfection

A-Level: Shirin Neshat, <em>Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah</em> series
A-Level: Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah series

Neshat’s series examines the complexities of women’s identities in the Middle East’s changing cultural landscape.