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Picturing Spanish conquest in an era of U.S. expansion
Though he was eventually beheaded, this portrait encapsulates the king's notion of independent authority, and his belief in the divine right of kings.
An artist asks: war or healthcare?
This Byzantine mosaic shows the personification of the act of generous giving — Ktisis
An Early Byzantine sculpture of a woman with a scroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The river's brilliant reflections gave shape to this enormous sculpture of silver
The first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage
Royal patrons, artists, and power in the Kingdom of Benin.
The audience hall in the palace in Benin City communicated to visiting ambassadors, traders, courtiers, and subjects the power and wealth of the Oba, or king.
The story embodied on the altarpiece offered an object lesson in the human suffering experienced by Christ.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours." The battle that turned the War of 1812
Finding heroism amidst one of the earth's most destructive environmental disasters