At the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

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Prince Shōtoku at Age Two
Prince Shōtoku at Age Two

Discover what was found inside this 13th-century sculpture.

<em>Bahram Gur Fights the Karg (Horned Wolf)</em>
Bahram Gur Fights the Karg (Horned Wolf)

In this hunting scene from the Persian Book of Kings, the ruler Bahram lives up to his nickname “Gur,” or swift.

Vincent van Gogh, <em>Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin</em>
Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin

Van Gogh’s contribution to a bromantic self-portrait exchange was radical in both its choice and use of color.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, <em>The Depths of the Sea</em>
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, The Depths of the Sea

Fatal attraction or the case of the murderous mermaid? The forecast isn’t good for Burne-Jones’s sunken sailor.