A-Level: Plants in 2D or 3D works


Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.

The Court of Gayumars



Giorgione, The Tempest, c. 1506-8 (Accademia) - detail
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

Giorgione, The Tempest




Still Life with Peaches (left), two dates, a silver tray with prunes, dried figs and dates with a glass of red wine (center), and branch of Peaches, Fourth Style wall painting from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 62-69 C.E., fresco, 14 x 13 1/2 inches (Archaeological Museum, Naples)
Hospitality was key in ancient Rome, and this wall painting shows the gifts that guests may have received.

Still Life with Peaches













Hidden under volcanic ash for millennia, the beautiful frescoes in the houses of Akrotiri were recently unearthed.

Akrotiri, Thera


Zheng Sixiao, Ink Orchid
Zheng’s precise calligraphic strokes lend vitality and movement to these delicate flowers. But are they rootless?

Zheng Sixiao, Ink Orchid