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South America 1500 – 1900
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A beginner’s guide
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Northern Europe: 16th century
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Overview of Global Cultures 1980 – now
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AP® Art History (vol. 1)
nos. 1 – 47
AP® Art History (vol. 2)
AP® Art History (vol. 3)
nos. 99 – 152
AP® Art History (vol. 4)
nos. 153 – 191
AP® Art History (vol. 5)
nos. 192 – 250
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Location: The Met
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 ...
The Spanish Michelangelo? Looking closely at a figure by Alonso Berruguete
Bringing the figure to life
Dr. Kurt Behrendt speaks about a tangka (Tibetan Buddhist painting) showing Mahakala, Protector of the Tent.
Mahakala, Protector of the Tent, c. 1500
This Byzantine mosaic shows the personification of the act of generous giving — Ktisis
Byzantine Mosaic of a Personification, Ktisis
An Early Byzantine sculpture of a woman with a scroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Woman with Scroll
What do a cucumber, a fly, figures in turbans, and ancient reliefs tell us about the Madonna and Child?
Do you speak Renaissance? Carlo Crivelli, Madonna ...
In the late sixteenth century, European publications about the Americas had few illustrations, so printmakers felt free to invent imagery about the peoples and lands across the Atlantic.
Johannes Stradanus and Theodoor Galle, “The Discovery ...
Get to know fifteenth-century Aragonese painting, which draws on Italian and Northern Renaissance influences.
The Renaissance in Spain, The Morata Master
Viewers are often surprised to learn that one of the children is a boy, since both children are dressed alike.
Portrait of Madame Charpentier and
A panel with a Griffin (a lion and an eagle — the king of birds and the king of animals — combined).
Byzantine Griffin Panel
A sumptuous silver and gold chalice starring a youthful Christ, a saint slaying a dragon (could it be George?), and more.
A chalice from the Attarouthi Treasure
Explore Dürer's masterful "psychological self-portrait" and the hidden meanings of the various objects in it.
Decoding art: Dürer’s
Is this a painting or a relief sculpture? Unclear. Whatever it is, Kiefer’s landscape is falling apart.
Bohemia Lies by the Sea
Monks and nuns removed candle soot from this painting using urine and lye, but its gold background never tarnished.
The conservator’s eye: Taddeo Gaddi, Saint Julian
Realism, ideal beauty, and military might—explore the evolution of Roman portraits and political imagery.
Rome’s history in four faces at The ...
This exquisite example of a Goryeo Buddhist painting depicts the bodhisattva on his mountain-island abode.
In the chaos of the 3rd century, can we be sure about the identification of this statue?
Trebonianus Gallus — emperor or athlete? Rethinking ...
Originally a sliding wall, these golden panels use bamboo, a Chinese motif, to illustrate a Japanese poetic trope.
Bamboo in the Four Seasons
: painting and ...
This boyish bodhisattva reminds us that through humble bearing, we can spiritually blossom—like a lotus flower.
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