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Though he was eventually beheaded, this portrait encapsulates the king's notion of independent authority, and his belief in the divine right of kings.
De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.
Holding on to pagan traditions in the early Christian era
What are Persian carpets, a peacock, and a cucumber doing in a painting of The Annunciation?
You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we make of this painting today?
Griselda Pollock unpacks some of the questions raised by Manet’s last masterpiece.
Van Eyck’s enigmatic and iconic double portrait often prompts the question: is the female figure pregnant?
These enigmatic, rectilinear tubes reveal clarity of thought and took great effort to produce. What can they mean?
This mask depicts the king’s mother, whose ruthless political prowess ensured that her son became king.
Some distortions are deliberate. This pulpit has its critics, but it coheres in real life—just not in photos.
These flags were made for military companies affiliated with the British along the coast of present-day Ghana.
Landscape painting was considered lowly subject, but Constable gives them the six-foot treatment.