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a Flemish painter in the court of a Spanish queen
A miraculous appearance for a queen: Juan ...
Jesus changes water into wine in Renaissance Spain
A wedding and a miracle for the ...
Abstract expressionism invites us in
Finding meaning in abstraction
Divinity in stone, an early Buddha from Mathura
A Buddha from Mathura
Must art be beautiful?
The Old Guitarist
, and the question of ...
Severini and Boccioni use brilliant colors, abstraction, fragmentation and repetition of forms to create a vibrant whirling energy.
Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal
Although the style implies a rapid or even slipshod painting process, Open Window, Collioure was carefully orchestrated in every aspect.
Open Window, Collioure
The Futurists called for the destruction of museums, libraries, and cultural monuments and glorified modern technology and the speed of automobiles, trains, and airplanes.
Umberto Boccioni and the Futurist City
Kandinsky believed that humankind was on the verge of a cataclysmic change from the current, materialistic epoch to an “Epoch of the Great Spiritual.”
Kandinsky, Apocalypse, Abstraction
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.
Cultures and slavery in the American south: ...
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?
Artist Henri Rousseau painted The Dream in 1910, and it's imagery of a woman lounging on a sofa in the jungle was as surreal then as it is today.
Why Is This Woman in the Jungle? ...
Revisiting a frozen sea, memory and science in the 19th century
Frederic Edwin Church,
The Wyeths have a long history of painting the American story.
Jamie Wyeth, Kalounna in Frogtown
Dr. Kurt Behrendt speaks about a tangka (Tibetan Buddhist painting) showing Mahakala, Protector of the Tent.
Mahakala, Protector of the Tent, c. 1500
Delaunay and Léger used Cubism’s abstract language of fractured forms and spatial dislocations to express the modern urban experience.
The Cubist City – Robert Delaunay and ...
Despite its often baffling innovations, one of the defining features of Cubism is its engagement with the Western painting tradition.
Violin and Palette
looks like a collage made from cut out pieces of colored paper — but it is an oil painting.
The Three 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.
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso:
There is no open road
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