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A glimpse of the lost art of painted wooden synagogues popularized among Eastern European Jewish communities in the 17th and 18th centuries
Learn why the Byzantines argued about images for over a century.
Not all tangible cultural heritage is in need of preservation, and sometimes a community requires, even celebrates, the destruction of cultural objects.
Manuscripts have complex lives—learn about the mutilation, dispersal, and framing, of two important Iranian manuscripts
Alexander, the Mongols, and the great epic of Iran.
Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.
How can the destruction of an artifact also be an act of preservation?
Rewriting history in ancient Rome.
There are many examples of damnatio memoriae throughout the history of the Roman Republic and Empire.
Metaphorically therefore, it could be argued that Rauschenberg was erasing not just a drawing, but this very idea of artistic, masculine authorship.
Controversy over the nature of religious images was not new in the sixteenth century.
Two medieval Spanish monasteries make their way to the United States, and survive to be reconstructed — barely.