Does art need to be beautiful? Why have artists so often turned to the subject of the nude? Does art need to be realistic? This section answers some of the big questions in art history.
What are we to make of an artist who shreds his work right after selling it?
Migration is central to human experience.
Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her popularity, and that of other artists, has risen dramatically since the 1970s.
What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick?
The nude has been celebrated but also censored. What's wrong with seeing the unclothed human body?
Should art be beautiful? Revisit ancient philosophers' thoughts on beauty and consider why we might be skeptical of beauty today.
Darkness at noon? There are so many stories of art these days, you’re sure to stay awake in class.
Artists don’t just imitate the world around them—they copy each other, reworking old images and revising history.
There have always been women in the arts, just not in the history books—or even in our museums. Change is slow.
Attitudes towards objects differ between cultures. Don’t discriminate art from craft—call it all “the visual arts.”