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TateShots: Piet Mondrian
TateShots: Piet Mondrian

Can color just be color, rather than representing something else? Step into Mondrian’s studio to find out.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, <em>Beata Beatrix</em>
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix

In this tragic painting, Rossetti draws a comparison between himself and the medieval poet who shared his name.

Bodyspacemotionthings
Bodyspacemotionthings

Serious Art or a jungle gym? Morris shows us that art can be experienced bodily, and Minimalism can be fun.

J.M.W. Turner at Tate Britain
J.M.W. Turner at Tate Britain

Fancy a trip to Tate Britain? Visit the largest collection of work by Turner anywhere—no passport required.

Henry Fuseli, <em>Titania and Bottom</em>
Henry Fuseli, Titania and Bottom

Fuseli’s fairies resist his era’s embrace of the rational in favor of the emotive and fantastic.

Sir Frederic Leighton, <em>An Athlete Wrestling with a Python</em>
Sir Frederic Leighton, An Athlete Wrestling with a Python

An epic showdown between man’s moralizing musculature and serpentine sin.

John Singer Sargent, <em>Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose</em>
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Singer Sargent’s evocative canvas turns a sweet, ordinary scene into a symphony of shapes and colors.

Andy Warhol, <em>Marilyn Diptych</em>
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych

Warhol used a quasi-mechanical process of silkscreen to reproduce Marilyn Monroe’s familiar face again and again.

Yinka Shonibare, <em>The Swing (After Fragonard)</em>
Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (After Fragonard)

This British-born Nigerian artist brings a Rococo painting into three dimensions, changing some critical details.

George Frederic Watts, <em>The Minotaur</em>
George Frederic Watts, The Minotaur

Inspired by a campaign to raise the age of consent, Watts harked back to the Athenian version of the Hunger Games.

Sir Frederic Leighton, <em>Bath of Psyche</em>
Sir Frederic Leighton, Bath of Psyche

Removing nearly all references to myth, Leighton focuses on the beauty of the nude and harmonious colors.

John William Waterhouse, <em>The Lady of Shalott</em>
John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott

Cursed by a spell that will kill her if she leaves her castle, this romantic redhead takes a fatal boat ride.