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Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry
Inventing “America” for Europe: Theodore de Bry

De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.

The Symmachi Panel
The Symmachi Panel

Holding on to pagan traditions in the early Christian era

Carlo Crivelli, <em>The Annunciation with Saint Emidius</em>
Carlo Crivelli, The Annunciation with Saint Emidius

What are Persian carpets, a peacock, and a cucumber doing in a painting of The Annunciation?

Better Know: Manet’s Bar
Better Know: Manet’s Bar

You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we make of this painting today?

<em>A Bar at the Folies-Bergère</em> with Griselda Pollock
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère with Griselda Pollock

Griselda Pollock unpacks some of the questions raised by Manet’s last masterpiece.

The question of pregnancy in Jan van Eyck’s <em>Arnolfini Portrait</em>
The question of pregnancy in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

Van Eyck’s enigmatic and iconic double portrait often prompts the question: is the female figure pregnant?

Jade Cong
Jade Cong

These enigmatic, rectilinear tubes reveal clarity of thought and took great effort to produce. What can they mean?

Benin ivory mask (Edo peoples)
Benin ivory mask (Edo peoples)

This mask depicts the king’s mother, whose ruthless political prowess ensured that her son became king.

Giovanni Pisano, Pisa Pulpit
Giovanni Pisano, Pisa Pulpit

Some distortions are deliberate. This pulpit has its critics, but it coheres in real life—just not in photos.

Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time
Asafo Flags: Stitches Through Time

These flags were made for military companies affiliated with the British along the coast of present-day Ghana.

John Constable, <em>The Hay Wain</em>
John Constable, The Hay Wain

Landscape painting was considered lowly subject, but Constable gives them the six-foot treatment.

Kiribati armor
Kiribati armor

Making do with local materials, the I-Kiribati tailored armor from coconut fiber and wore porcupine-fish helmets.