In the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Hicks’s <em>The Peaceable Kingdom</em> as Pennsylvania parable
Hicks’s The Peaceable Kingdom as Pennsylvania parable

Living in peace—predator and prey, and Native Americans and settler colonists—but for how long?

Ben Shahn, Miners’ Wives
Ben Shahn, Miners’ Wives

An explosion in a mine kills 111, Shahn captures the devastation of those left behind.

John Singleton Copley, <em>Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris)</em>
John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris)

On the eve of the American Revolution, a glimpse of politics in portraiture

Diego Rivera’s <em>Sugar Cane</em>
Diego Rivera’s Sugar Cane

A brutal history told for a modern American city, Mexican muralism in New York

An African Muslim among the founding fathers, Charles Willson Peale’s <em>Yarrow Mamout</em>
An African Muslim among the founding fathers, Charles Willson Peale’s Yarrow Mamout

How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.

Saenredam, <em>Interior of Saint Bavo, Haarlem</em>
Saenredam, Interior of Saint Bavo, Haarlem

Perspective is the star of this painting. Saenredam expertly widens the viewpoint to create an interior panorama.

Rogier van der Weyden, <em>The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning</em>
Rogier van der Weyden, The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning

Mary cries and falls into John’s arms. Rogier’s precise observations accentuate the emotional impact of this scene.

Marcel Duchamp, <em>Nude Descending a Staircase, No 2</em>
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase, No 2

As the European public grew increasingly hard to scandalize, Duchamp crossed the Atlantic to stir up more trouble.

Marcel Duchamp, <em> The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) </em>
Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)

Love, sex, science, broken glass, a coffee grinder, a bride from another dimension—this one really has it all.

Winslow Homer,<em> The Life Line</em>
Winslow Homer, The Life Line

Suspended above the sea, the drama of this rescue scene comes from nature, not man.

Auguste Renoir, <em>The Large Bathers</em>
Auguste Renoir, The Large Bathers

One of the leaders of Impressionism turns his back on the movement and attempts to reclaim the classical nude.

Auguste Renoir, <em>The Grands Boulevards</em>
Auguste Renoir, The Grands Boulevards

A city inhabited: Renoir’s optimistic but sketchy representation of modern life on the new boulevards of Paris.