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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.
How do you create perfectly straight edges in paint? See how Brazilian and Argentinian Concrete Artists did in this video from the Getty Museum
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
Discover how Argentine and Brazilian artists in the 1940s broke from linear perspective to create art in unique shapes, starting the Concrete Art movement.
A pair of lidded bowls in the J. Paul Getty Museum have had quite an exciting existence.
The painting mocks humanity, as well as human beliefs and institutions, both civic and religious.
Was this the first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage
Straight from the horse’s mouth: the process of making a photograph, in the artist’s own words.
This straightforward painting nevertheless shows its Symbolist sympathies through the eyes of a young girl.
Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.
A stunning look at an important Navajo monument reminds us that we’re basically specks in a vast universe.