Location City: Washington D.C.

Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, detail
Professional female artists were few in the Dutch Republic. Here, Leyster cultivates confidence in her abilities.

Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait

Raphael, The Alba Madonna-thumb
This modest painting never feels cramped in its circular frame. For all her humility, Mary has a monumental grace.

Raphael, The Alba Madonna

Gilbert Stuart, The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782, oil on canvas, 235.5 x 147.4 cm (National Gallery of Art)
Depicting his subject in motion was a departure from the norm, making this painting the talk of the town.

Gilbert Stuart, The Skater

El Anatsui, Untitled, 2009, repurposed printed aluminum, copper, 256.5 × 284.5 × 27.9 cm as installed (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.)
The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.

El Anatsui, Untitled

Votive Adze "Kunz Axe" (detail)
In spite its name, this jade figure was a ritual object and never used as an axe.

Kunz Axe (Olmec)