Virtually explore the Brooklyn Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
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Odundo's pottery draws on traditions from around the world and reveals the relationship of clay to the body
Twin figures known as Ère Ìbejì reveal how a Yorùbá mother navigates the loss of twins
Ghanaian coffins are famous for their creative shapes
Cloth paintings (patas) mapped the topography of sacred Jain pilgrimage sites (tirthas)
Visiting the Lower East Side in 1905
Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.
Cuzco School paintings came into such high demand that they were exported to patrons residing in far-flung cities located in present-day Chile and Argentina, and even Italy.
Judy Chicago's landmark installation gives notable women from history a seat at the table.
Once painted and gilded, this panel was part of a larger frieze bearing commemorative Kufic inscriptions.
Although this vessel depicts a royal Inka couple, it was produced after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
Wiley wryly places himself alongside the great master painters of history with his reimagined Napoleon.
Japanese objects came through Mexico on their way to Spain, and had a lasting impact on the arts of the New World.