Art Institute of Chicago

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The videos below can be seen on Smarthistory because the Art Institute of Chicago generously makes their videos available for distribution.

Works of art are special kinds of historical sources.

Art + History

Tanner, The Two Disciples at the Tomb
Whether setting the mood or celebrating the divine, artists play with light. Sometimes, they even sculpt with it.

Light and shadow

What makes paintings feel as deep as the view from a window or as flat as a wall?

Surface and Depth

Detail, Grant Wood, American Gothic
Artists use various strategies to set up a dynamic relationship between artwork, maker, and viewer.

The Power to Look