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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A portrait of St. Francis Xavier and Christianity in Japan
A portrait of St. Francis Xavier and Christianity in Japan

A portrait that celebrated Francis Xavier, the “Apostle of Japan” whose mission had inaugurated the Japanese Catholic Church. 

At the crossroads of Eastern and Western Christianity: the church of St. Nicholas
At the crossroads of Eastern and Western Christianity: the church of St. Nicholas

A church painted inside and out, at the crossroads of the (Eastern) late Byzantine and the (Western) late Medieval worlds.

The Medici collect the Americas
The Medici collect the Americas

After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

Across cultures, an introduction
Across cultures, an introduction

Long before our global world, works of art often demonstrate rich interaction 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.