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Wifredo Lam, <i>The Eternal Presence (An Homage to Alejandro García Caturia)</i>
Wifredo Lam, The Eternal Presence (An Homage to Alejandro García Caturia)

This complex and haunting work fuses Lam’s Cuban, Chinese, and Congolese heritage together with humans, plants, and animals into dream-like beings

Van Mander, <i>Het Schilder-Boeck</i>
Van Mander, Het Schilder-Boeck

Van Mander rewrites art history in this book of "celebrity" artists from the Netherlands

Anthony van Dyck, <i>Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus</i>
Anthony van Dyck, Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus

Van Dyck paints himself as Icarus, a boy whose wings melted when he flew too close to the sun

17th-century Delftware
17th-century Delftware

Ceramics factories in Holland compete with the demand for Chinese porcelain

Tin Mweleun, Slit Gong (Atingting kon)
Tin Mweleun, Slit Gong (Atingting kon)

An ancestor's face on a slit gong

Mario Merz, <em>Giap’s Igloo</em>
Mario Merz, Giap’s Igloo

Giap’s Igloo by Mario Merz invites you to consider your actions, and how those actions contribute to our larger existence.

Rembrandt, <i>The Artist in His Studio</i>
Rembrandt, The Artist in His Studio

Rembrandt makes a case for painting and art-making as an intellectual endeavor, rather than a craft

Fashioning luxury from a coconut cup
Fashioning luxury from a coconut cup

From Indonesia to the Netherlands, this coconut encased in silver features a fish tail, a mermaid, and a chimp

Madrasa and Friday Mosque of Sultan Hasan, Cairo
Madrasa and Friday Mosque of Sultan Hasan, Cairo

The madrasa-mosque of Sultan Hasan remains one of the most ingeniously designed mosques in the history of Islamic architecture.

<i>The Great Atlas</i>, Dutch edition
The Great Atlas, Dutch edition

A very expensive Atlas from Amsterdam attempts to map the known world to Dutch viewers

Rogier van der Weyden, <i>Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin</i>
Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin

What does the Virgin Mary look like?

Burnham and Root, Reliance Building
Burnham and Root, Reliance Building

How Chicago architecture sprung up thanks to new technology at the turn of the century