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What are Persian carpets, a peacock, and a cucumber doing in a painting of The Annunciation?
Van Eyck’s enigmatic and iconic double portrait often prompts the question: is the female figure pregnant?
Landscape painting was considered lowly subject, but Constable gives them the six-foot treatment.
With its relaxed poses and outdoor setting, this portrait exemplifies the “conversation piece.” But is it finished?
The subject matter of this painting couldn’t be more traditional, but its formal characteristics make it modern.
Smooth talkers, vain aristocrats, disreputable doctors, unfaithful lovers—Hogarth’s moralizing takes no prisoners.
Hinged together, these two panels stage Richard II’s audience with the Virgin and Christ Child. Count the angels!
“As I can.” On the frame to this portrait, the painter humblebrags—and establishes his place in history.
Riddle me this. Bronzino’s allegorical painting is one of the most disturbing and curious in all of art history.
The Italian city-states were constantly at war, but this battle is between surface decoration and deep space.
Who are all these people? As it turns out, confusion is just part of the narrative—as is observation.
Jupiter swoops down and brings Hercules to nurse at Juno’s breast. The milk that spurts up creates the Milky Way.