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Alexander, the Mongols, and the great epic of Iran.
The angry ducks of Bada Shanren.
A red so rare, so impossible to make, the process was lost before the end of the Ming Dynasty.
The majesty of Yosemite National Park — with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.
Learn about tea-ceremonies, opulent palaces, and splashed-ink paintings from Japan's Kamakura to Azuchi-Momoyama periods.
Learn about Japan's famous haniwa, tales from behind palace walls, and enormous wooden buddhas.
Meet a terra-cotta dog from four thousand years ago, the Kushan emperor Kanishka and visit Hindu sculptures in Madhya Pradesh.
In the late sixteenth century, European publications about the Americas had few illustrations, so printmakers felt free to invent imagery about the peoples and lands across the Atlantic.
The first book ever printed by an American author was Rhetorica Christiana by Diego de Valadés, who was born in Mexico to a Spanish conquistador father and an indigenous mother.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. Learn about its colonial era history that began in the sixteenth century.
Textiles remained important items after the Spanish conquest in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Churches were even painted with textile murals to endow these spaces with sacredness.
Christine de Pizan was an author and intellectual and wasn't afraid to show the strength of women in the early 15th century.