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The Cubist City – Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger
The Cubist City – Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger

Delaunay and Léger used Cubism’s abstract language of fractured forms and spatial dislocations to express the modern urban experience.

Georges Braque, <em>Violin and Palette</em>
Georges Braque, Violin and Palette

Despite its often baffling innovations, one of the defining features of Cubism is its engagement with the Western painting tradition.

Pablo Picasso, <em>The Three Musicians</em>
Pablo Picasso, The Three Musicians

Three Musicians looks like a collage made from cut out pieces of colored paper — but it is an oil painting.

Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso: <em>Two Cubist Musicians</em>
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso: Two Cubist Musicians

When we consider what a Cubist painting represents we engage in an intellectual or conceptual activity rather than a merely perceptual or visual one.

Courtney Leonard, <em>ARTIFICE Ellipse</em>, 2016
Courtney Leonard, ARTIFICE Ellipse, 2016

A commentary on an endangered way of life.

Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi), <em>Design, Tree and Birds</em>
Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi), Design, Tree and Birds

The Pueblo Modernism of Velino Shije Herrera.

Hiram Powers, <em>The Greek Slave</em>
Hiram Powers, The Greek Slave

Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.

The bandolier bag
The bandolier bag

From quills to beads: the bandolier bag

Byzantine Mosaic of a Personification, Ktisis
Byzantine Mosaic of a Personification, Ktisis

This Byzantine mosaic shows the personification of the act of generous giving — Ktisis

Woman with Scroll
Woman with Scroll

An Early Byzantine sculpture of a woman with a scroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Imagery of Power on Benin Bronze Plaques
The Imagery of Power on Benin Bronze Plaques

The audience hall in the palace in Benin City communicated to visiting ambassadors, traders, courtiers, and subjects the power and wealth of the Oba, or king.