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