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Discover how this painting came to be recognized as one of America’s greatest paintings with Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins portrays the famous surgeon, Dr. Samuel D. Gross. It was made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, but was rejected by the jury, evidently because it was considered too frightening. Discover how it came to be recognized as one of America’s greatest paintings with Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The artist imbues the scene of the darkening piazza with a sense of foreboding.
Exploring how Duchamp's art challenges viewers is essential to understanding his creativity and much of the art of the last century.
A black painter confronts white supremacy amidst the two world wars.
Which one is “true,” the one that tricks the viewer into thinking it is really there, or the one that announces itself as what it is, lines drawn on paper?
African Americans' ongoing fight against racism in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory in both world wars.
Living in peace—predator and prey, and Native Americans and settler colonists—but for how long?
An explosion in a mine kills 111, Shahn captures the devastation of those left behind.
On the eve of the American Revolution, a glimpse of politics in portraiture
A brutal history told for a modern American city, Mexican muralism in New York
How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.