Across cultures

A global, interconnected world is not as recent as we think.
These works of art all demonstrate cross-cultural relationships.

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Across cultures, an introduction
Across cultures, an introduction

Long before our global world, works of art were often often demonstrate interactions across cultures.

Altneushul, Prague
Altneushul, Prague

The Gothic forms used in churches are also employed here, but have been adapted to meet Jewish needs and traditions.

Mohammed ibn al-Zain, Basin (<em>Baptistère de Saint Louis</em>)
Mohammed ibn al-Zain, Basin (Baptistère de Saint Louis)

How did this object created by a Mamluk artisan come to be used for the baptism of French royal babies?

The David Vases
The David Vases

The blue cobalt glaze that seems so typical of Chinese porcelain actually comes from present-day Iran.

African art and the effects of European contact and colonization
African art and the effects of European contact and colonization

Arts practices on the African continent have evolved both independently of and in response to European imperialism.

Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania

This island’s architecture attests to its long and tumultuous history of wealth, power, exchange, and conquest.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque
Hagia Sophia as a mosque

The Ottoman Turks turned this Byzantine church into a mosque, but a few adaptations to the space were necessary.

The manuscripts of Luis de Carvajal
The manuscripts of Luis de Carvajal

The Carjavals converted to Christianity but practiced Judaism in secret, even after immigrating to Mexico.

Introduction to the Spanish Viceroyalties in the Americas
Introduction to the Spanish Viceroyalties in the Americas

Both Europe and the Americas were forever changed by Columbus’ accidental landing in the Caribbean in 1492.

Atrial Cross at Acolman
Atrial Cross at Acolman

The convento atrium was a place for preaching. This cross taught new converts about Christianity.

Benin plaque: <em>Equestrian Oba and Attendants</em>
Benin plaque: Equestrian Oba and Attendants

Benin’s plaques were possible due to mutually beneficial trade with the Portuguese who brought brass to Africa.

Bichitr, <em>Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings</em>
Bichitr, Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings

What is King James I of England doing in an Islamic miniature made by a Hindu artist?