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Jean le Noir, Bourgot (?), and workshop, Miniature of Christ’s Side Wound and Instruments of the Passion from the Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg
Jean le Noir, Bourgot (?), and workshop, Miniature of Christ’s Side Wound and Instruments of the Passion from the Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg

Images of the side wound and the mystical tradition from which they emerge have provided fertile material for scholars engaged in “queering” the Middle Ages.

A wedding and a miracle for the queen of Spain
A wedding and a miracle for the queen of Spain

Jesus changes water into wine in Renaissance Spain

Finding meaning in abstraction
Finding meaning in abstraction

Abstract expressionism invites us in

A Buddha from Mathura
A Buddha from Mathura

Divinity in stone, an early Buddha from Mathura

Gino Severini, <em>Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin</em>
Gino Severini, Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin

Severini and Boccioni use brilliant colors, abstraction, fragmentation and repetition of forms to create a vibrant whirling energy.

Henri Matisse, <em>Open Window, Collioure</em>
Henri Matisse, Open Window, Collioure

Although the style implies a rapid or even slipshod painting process, Open Window, Collioure was carefully orchestrated in every aspect.

Umberto Boccioni and the Futurist City
Umberto Boccioni and the Futurist City

The Futurists called for the destruction of museums, libraries, and cultural monuments and glorified modern technology and the speed of automobiles, trains, and airplanes.

Kandinsky, Apocalypse, Abstraction
Kandinsky, Apocalypse, Abstraction

Kandinsky believed that humankind was on the verge of a cataclysmic change from the current, materialistic epoch to an “Epoch of the Great Spiritual.”

Cultures and slavery in the American south: a Face Jug from Edgefield county
Cultures and slavery in the American south: a Face Jug from Edgefield county

This jug is one of the earliest known alkaline-glazed stoneware face vessels made by slaves or their descendants in the Edgefield District of South Carolina.

Juan Gris, <em>The Table</em>
Juan Gris, The Table

Which one is “true,” the one that tricks the viewer into thinking it is really there, or the one that announces itself as what it is, lines drawn on paper?