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The ritual this was made for was enacted in fields the Inka owned — in the Chancay lands they had conquered.

An Inka paccha

The blending of human and animal traits in this figure shows us that the Chancay people were keen observers of nature.

Chancay Standing Female Figure

Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.

J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm

Renaissance author Leon Battista Alberti's ideas about what makes for a good painting would have a lasting influence on the history of art.

Alberti’s revolution in painting