At the Tate Britain, London

Turner, Constable, the Pre-Raphaelites, and much more. Virtually explore the Tate with Smarthistory as your guide.

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The Black Atlantic: Toppled Monuments and Hidden Histories
The Black Atlantic: Toppled Monuments and Hidden Histories

Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun explores monuments and hidden histories through the work of Donald Locke and Hew Locke.

The Black Atlantic: Identity and Nationhood
The Black Atlantic: Identity and Nationhood

culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun considers identity and nationhood through the work of Ellen Gallagher, Lubaina Himid, John Akomfrah, Chris Ofili and Fred Wilson.

The Black Atlantic: Afterlives of Slavery in Contemporary Art
The Black Atlantic: Afterlives of Slavery in Contemporary Art

Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun looks at the afterlives of slavery in contemporary artistic practice through the work of Kara Walker, Alberta Whittle, and Hew Locke.

The Black Atlantic: What is the Black Atlantic?
The Black Atlantic: What is the Black Atlantic?

Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun searches for a definition of the Black Atlantic, drawing on the works of JMW Turner, Ingrid Pollard, Isaac Julien and Yinka Shonibare.

Ellen Galagher, <em>DeLuxe</em>
Ellen Galagher, DeLuxe

Based on magazines dating from the 1930s to the 1970s aimed at African-American audiences, Gallagher's witty and sophisticated interventions emphasize the complex construction of identity.

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.

William Powell Frith, <em>Derby Day</em>
William Powell Frith, Derby Day

Everyone wanted to have a look at the cast of characters Frith created—their variety provides the modern viewer with a fascinating glimpse into Victorian life.

J.M.W. Turner, <em>Snow Storm</em>
J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm

Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.

Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos
Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos

Sheltered by the sea, a study in place and feeling

Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s <em>Reclining Figure</em>
Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure

Describing is a key skill for art historians and for any museum visitor. Learn how.

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

What might Shonibare wish to communicate by bringing together these “African” textiles with Fragonard’s Rococo images?

TateShots: Piet Mondrian
TateShots: Piet Mondrian

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