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    • Sanctuary of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon, aerial view.

    • Sanctuary of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon, aerial view.

    • Architecture; Archaeological sites; Ruins; Buildings; Temples; Religious facilities; Facades; Architectural elements; Structural elements; Columns; Colonnades; Podiums; Plazas; Courtyards; Gates; Walls; Aerial photographs; Aerial views; Bird's-eye...

    • “The first part of the project, which began perhaps as early as Augustus, was a grandiose temple to Jupiter; an inscription suggests it was completed by 60 CE. The Jupiter temple is a typical example of the compromise between Greek and Roman...
    • Fate of the Beasts.

    • Fate of the Beasts.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings; Disasters; Fatalism; Trees; Plants; Animals; Horses; Ponies; Boars; Foxes; Deer

    • "Fate of the Beasts (1913), perhaps also related to the prevailing apprehensions of war, portrays a total, inescapable catastrophe. Hard, arrowlike diagonals intersect to shoot across the canvas. Trees bleed and descend in a cosmic cataclysm....
    • The Tennis Court Oath, fragment of unfinished painting.

    • The Tennis Court Oath, fragment of unfinished painting.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Commemorations; Meetings; Oaths; Pledges of allegiance; Allegiance; Politics & government; Political issues; Political activity; Political strategies; Revolutions; Opposition (Political science); Economic &...

    • “Four fully painted heads stand out against the enormous expanse of white ground: the abbé Grégoire, the author of tracts in defence [defense] of Jews and Blacks; Mirabeau, the celebrated orator; Barnave, a jurist from Grenoble; and...
    • Still Life--Writing Table.

    • Still Life--Writing Table.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Still life paintings; Still lifes; Business & finance; Tables; Furniture; Books; Encyclopedias & dictionaries; Geography; Money; Coins; Greenbacks; Correspondence; Pens; Writing materials; Envelopes; Marks...

    • “In The Writing Table, eight meticulously described items are arranged on a cool green trompe-l’oeiled marble slab: a hefty leather-bound tome; a small shiny gold or copper coin; a sparkling silver coin; a roll of well-worn five-dollar bills;...
    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Colors

    • "The assertive flatness of the implacable field of red is emphasized by the linear vertical 'zips'. Rather than functioning as 'drawing' within space, these reinforce and delimit the space as a whole. White 'zips' in Newman's works also evoke...
    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Abstract drawings; Drawings; Pencil works

    • "In her consistent use of grids Agnes Martin participated in a tradition in twentieth-century art stretching from the Cubists and Mondrian to her Minimalist contemporaries. The grid was a non-hierarchical and non-referential structure. It...
    • The First Days of Spring.

    • The First Days of Spring.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Collages; Fantasy; Symbols; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Psychotherapy; Psychiatry; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Solitude; Loneliness; Spring; Men; Women; Children; Girls; Older people; Fathers; Couples;...

    • "The First Days of Spring inaugurated a series of works in which, determined to be more Surrealist than the Surrealists themselves, Dali elaborated a symbolic language for delineating, with microscopic precision, his erotic obsessions. It...
    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Optical illusions; Allusions; Symbols; Myths; Sex; Fear; Love; Self-interest; Poetry; Women; Men; Nudes; Gays; Dancers; Dance; Backs (Anatomy); Pedestals; Body parts; Hands; Fingers; Eggs; Landscapes...

    • "This is the painting Dali took to show Freud in London. It belonged formerly to Edward James." (Caption); "At Zürs […] Dali embarked on a new experiment: the composition, in French, of a 'paranoaic' poem, The Myth of Narcissus,...
    • Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette, [perfume bottle in case].

    • Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette, [perfume bottle in case].

    • Sculpture; Bottles; Containers; Perfumes; Cosmetics; Cosmetics industry; Industry; Commercialism; Grooming; Hygiene; Puns (Visual works); Labels; Men; Artists; Portraits; Self-portraits; Female impersonators; Cross dressing

    • "The text on the label punningly translates as 'beautiful breath/veil water'. Duchamp's female alter ego, Rrose Sélavy, peers out from above it." (Caption, p.54); "Among Duchamp's strangest gestures had been the creation of a female...
    • Filter Fat Corner.

    • Filter Fat Corner.

    • Sculpture; Allusions; Chemistry; Science; Interpersonal relations; Social science; Sociology; Utopias

    • "The work consisted of a triangular gauze filter stretched across a corner into which lumps of fat had been packed. Apart from alluding to physical metamorphoses brought about via osmosis, processes of refinement and purification were evoked....
    • The Alcoholic.

    • The Alcoholic.

    • Photographs; Composite photographs; Montages; Justice; Social justice; Social values; Economic & social conditions; Moral & ethical aspects; Ethics; Alcoholism; Men; Sleeping; Artists; Sculptors; Photographers; Heads (Anatomy); Faces;...

    • "Gilbert and George's presence in their photo-works can be seen as an extension of their early performance activities. They often stand apart from the other imagery in the pieces as though acknowledging the artifice involved. Moral conundrums...
    • Au Naturel.

    • Au Naturel.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Puns (Visual works); Sex; Couples; Relations between the sexes; Human body; Body parts; Anatomy; Genitals; Pails; Containers; Fruit; Melons; Food; Citrus fruit; Oranges; Cucumbers; Vegetables

    • "Lucas grew up in a working-class environment in East London and uses its idioms in her work. To some extent she has also borrowed from the American art that she saw in the late 1980s in London's Saatchi Gallery. Her 'grungy' abject imagery...
    • Wave Rock.

    • Wave Rock.

    • Sculpture; Poetry; Language; Lettering (Layout features); Graphic design; Inscriptions; Landscapes (Representations); Seascapes; Bodies of water; Boats; Vessels; Vehicles; Light

    • "Alongside his own production of visual poetry, which took the form of silkscreen prints as well as inscribed objects, Finlay was significant for his involvement in the 'small press' publishing activities associated with the alternative poetry...
    • I Love You.

    • I Love You.

    • Paintings; Mixed media; Butterflies; Insects

    • "There was a lyrical quality to Hirst's use of butterflies' lifecycles, both in the 1991 installation In and Out of Love, and the related 1994-5 series of paintings, of which I Love You forms part." (Caption, p.231); "By contrast to...
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