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Gertrud Arndt, <em>Self-Portrait with Veil</em>
Gertrud Arndt, Self-Portrait with Veil

Arndt’s choice to pose herself among so many textures, clothes, and props in Self-Portrait with Veil suggests she was well aware of the power of photography to interrogate gender roles.

Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer#24
Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer#24

A taxidermy deer covered with crystals changes the way we look at reality 

Cult Image of the God Ptah
Cult Image of the God Ptah

In the Third Intermediate Period, lapis represented two of Ptah's roles: that of creator of the world from a watery darkness, and Lord of the Sky.

Groom and Rider drawing
Groom and Rider drawing

The precision of the line and the attention to texture allow this drawing to stand on its own as a finished work.

Saddle (gser sga)
Saddle (gser sga)

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.

Janus-Faced Headdress (Ejagham or Bale peoples)
Janus-Faced Headdress (Ejagham or Bale peoples)

This exceptional mask has a solid wooden core carved with two similar faces in opposing directions, often referred to as a Janus face.

The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The luxurious space of the Damascus Room was ikely for an affluent family to host visitors. The opulent décor and poetic inscriptions were designed to make the space feel like a retreat from the bustling commercial center. Explore the masterpiece with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Frederick MacMonnies, <i>Civic Virtue</i>
Frederick MacMonnies, Civic Virtue

How a statue representing well-functioning government ended up in a cemetery

<em>Trane</em> by William T. Williams
Trane by William T. Williams

Trane by William T. Williams is a monumental abstract acrylic on canvas created in 1969. It exemplifies Williams’s groundbreaking approach to color, form and subject. The forms repeat and multiply and the lines, shapes and vibrant colors create a visual rhythm similar to a jazz composition. A work of art that bridges the personal and […]

Nativity group, from Guatemala
Nativity group, from Guatemala

A Nativity group made in wood from colonial Guatemala shows why sculptors from this area were renowned in the viceroyalties

Petrus Christus, <em>A Goldsmith in his Shop</em>
Petrus Christus, A Goldsmith in his Shop

We stand on a Bruges street and approach a goldsmith’s shop. Hang on, is that a falcon? Looks like we have company.

Wang Zhen, <em>Buddhist Sage</em>
Wang Zhen, Buddhist Sage

How modern is this Chinese painting? Of course, it’s a trick question; it all depends on what you mean by "Chinese," or by "modern."