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What did Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio take from ancient ruins of Rome?
A family drama in which Caracalla assassinates his brother and damns his memory.
How do we find meaning in amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum?
Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.
Even almost 950 years after its construction was begun, St. Sernin remains a religious structure that awes and inspires the pilgrims who still visit.
Francis had great reason to emphasize his wealth and magnanimity. For years he had been at war with the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, a gamble that continued to go poorly for the French king.
Touch an artwork? Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Man with a Medal helped viewers to think about touch and physical experience.
Gauguin’s paintings of Brittany are, in the end, more fantasies than accurate images of an authentic peasant culture.
Jean le Noir, Bourgot (?), and workshop, Miniature of Christ’s Side Wound and Instruments of the Passion from the Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg
Images of the side wound and the mystical tradition from which they emerge have provided fertile material for scholars engaged in “queering” the Middle Ages.
How did scribes prepare their pages for writing?
Discover the diversity and richness of Hinduism, from the ancient oral tradition of the Vedic texts, the colourful stories of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and the ways in which gods and goddesses are worshipped today.
A Buddha is seen as one who becomes awakened to the true nature of reality, and awakened from ingrained greed, hatred and delusion.