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Guide to ancient Roman art
Guide to ancient Roman art

This book contains all of Smarthistory's content for the Ancient Roman art.

Guide to Ancient Etruscan art
Guide to Ancient Etruscan art

This book contains all of Smarthistory's content for Ancient Etruscan art.

AP® Art History volume 5
AP® Art History volume 5

South, East, and Southeast Asia, The Pacific, and Global Contemporary

AP® Art History volume 4
AP® Art History volume 4

Indigenous Americas, Africa, West and Central Asia

AP® Art History volume 3
AP® Art History volume 3

Later Europe and The Americas

<em>The Potato Eaters</em>
The Potato Eaters

What should a peasant painting smell like? Van Gogh has an opinion...

Dorothea Lange, <em>Migrant Mother</em>
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother

Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.

Do you speak Renaissance? Carlo Crivelli, Madonna and Child
Do you speak Renaissance? Carlo Crivelli, Madonna and Child

What do a cucumber, a fly, figures in turbans, and ancient reliefs tell us about the Madonna and Child?

Queen or goddess?
Queen or goddess?

Was the 10th century Chola queen, Sembiyan Mahadevi, so beloved, she was depicted as a goddess?

Folio from a <em>Shahnama</em>, The Bier of Iskandar (Alexander the Great)
Folio from a Shahnama, The Bier of Iskandar (Alexander the Great)

Alexander, the Mongols, and the great epic of Iran.

Bada Shanren, <em>Lotus and Ducks</em>
Bada Shanren, Lotus and Ducks

The angry ducks of Bada Shanren.

A Ritual Ming dish
A Ritual Ming dish

A red so rare, so impossible to make, the process was lost before the end of the Ming Dynasty.