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Laudario of Sant’Agnese
Laudario of Sant’Agnese

The Laudario of Sant'Agnese is one of the most important examples of early Renaissance illumination and it was decorated by two of the most sought-after workshops at the time.

The Challenge of a Straight Line – the Concrete Art Movement
The Challenge of a Straight Line – the Concrete Art Movement

How do you create perfectly straight edges in paint? See how Brazilian and Argentinian Concrete Artists did in this video from the Getty Museum

Painting in an Industrial Age – the Concrete Art Movement
Painting in an Industrial Age – the Concrete Art Movement

From the Getty Museum, discover how Brazilian Concrete Artists engaged with a rapidly industrializing culture by using the entire range of industrial paints developed in the 20th century

Breaking the Frame – the Concrete Art Movement
Breaking the Frame – the Concrete Art Movement

Discover how Argentine and Brazilian artists in the 1940s broke from linear perspective to create art in unique shapes, starting the Concrete Art movement.

Different Places: Japanese porcelain with English gilt-bronze mounts
Different Places: Japanese porcelain with English gilt-bronze mounts

A pair of lidded bowls in the J. Paul Getty Museum have had quite an exciting existence.

James Ensor, <em>Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889</em>
James Ensor, Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889

The painting mocks humanity, as well as human beliefs and institutions, both civic and religious.

The first modern photograph?
The first modern photograph?

Was this the first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage

Ansel Adams: Visualizing a Photograph
Ansel Adams: Visualizing a Photograph

Straight from the horse’s mouth: the process of making a photograph, in the artist’s own words.

Fernand Khnopff, <em>Jeanne Kéfer</em>
Fernand Khnopff, Jeanne Kéfer

This straightforward painting nevertheless shows its Symbolist sympathies through the eyes of a young girl.

Alfred Stieglitz, <em>The Steerage</em>
Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage

Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.

Timothy O’Sullivan, <em>Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle</em>
Timothy O’Sullivan, Ancient Ruins in the Cañon de Chelle

A stunning look at an important Navajo monument reminds us that we’re basically specks in a vast universe.