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    • Qur'an fragment.

    • Qur'an fragment.

    • Koran manuscripts; Manuscripts, Persian

    • An original manuscript leaf from a late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century Persian Qur'an, written and illuminated circa 1570-1630 on handmade paper. The Qur'an or Holy Koran is the key religious text for Islam. Followers of Islam find...
    • The False Mirror.

    • The False Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Eyes; Body parts; Clouds; Puns (Visual works)

    • "Magritte's False Mirror of 1928 depicts a large eye (from which the familiar CBS logo is derived). The black circle at the center can refer both to the pupil and to the eclipsed sun. The observer is thrown off balance by the unusual close-up...
    • Guernica, study.

    • Guernica, study.

    • Drawings; Studies (Visual works); Pencil works; Figure drawings; Female figure drawings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; War destruction & pillage; Death; Mental...

    • "Picasso did forty-five studies for Guernica. The one illustrated here shows the dying horse and the mother with the dead child. They have been changed in the final painting, although they retain their basic character. The Cubist neck of the...
    • Shield of Memory I.

    • Shield of Memory I.

    • Prints; Planographic prints; Monotypes; Stencils (Images); Women; Ants; Insects; Animals; Leaves; Plants; Shields; Symbols

    • Stencil monotype; “The artist is dealing with the symbolism of the shield, which represents character, protection, and strength. The image of the ant is like a totem—describing certain traits and/or tendencies—and, here, symbolizing patience....
    • The Spirit of the Dead Watches (Manao Tupapau).

    • The Spirit of the Dead Watches (Manao Tupapau).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Girls; Youth; Teenagers; Nudes; Backs (Anatomy); Fear; Ghosts; Women; Dead persons; Supernatural beings; Supernatural; Beds; Furniture; Bedsheets; Pillows

    • “In various letters and diary notes the artist has explained how the preoccupation with ethnological problems, with the symbolism of colors, and certain literary concepts participated in the genesis of this canvas: ‘I painted the nude of a...
    • Magritte beside The Savage (Le barbare).

    • Magritte beside The Savage (Le barbare).

    • Photographs; Portrait photographs; Portraits; Men; Adults; Artists; Painters (Artists); Sculptors; Photographers; Posing; Clothing & dress; Bowler hats; Hats; Headgear; Coats; Paintings; Oil paintings; Allusions; Literature; Illustrations;...

    • Painting destroyed during the London blitz (photograph shows the artist, 1938, [and Fantomas, a character in the early twentieth-century pulp fiction novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain.]). The Savage (Le barbare): c. 1928.
    • Bacchus and Silenus, front view.

    • Bacchus and Silenus, front view.

    • Sculpture; Men; Gods; People associated with religion; Myths; Legends; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Nudes; Clothing & dress; Crowns; Headdresses; Headgear; Wreaths; Vines; Hides & skins; Beards; Genitals; Bowls (Tableware);...

    • "This statue combines two antique fragments: Bacchus's torso and Silenus's torso and head, along with sixteenth-century additions including Bacchus's head, arms, and legs, and Silenus's arms and legs. The restoration is probably the work of...
    • The Great Paranoiac.

    • The Great Paranoiac.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Optical illusions; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Lust; Sex; Men; Women; Fathers; Nudes; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Rocks

    • "The painting belonged to Edward James. Surely one of Dali's finest double images." (Caption); "Dali said that The Great Paranoiac had been conceived after a discussion with Josep María Sert about Arcimboldo, and that the...
    • The Madonna of Port Lligat.

    • The Madonna of Port Lligat.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Symbols; Catholicism; Christianity; Women; Spouses; Mothers; Saints; Children; Infants; People associated with religion; Sitting; Floating; Prayer; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Thrones; Chairs; Seating furniture;...

    • First version; "Dali's atomic variation on the Assumption, with Gala as tutelary goddess of Port Lligat." (Caption); Dali's first 'religious painting', designed to ingratiate himself with Church and State, was The Madonna of Port Lligat,...
    • Young Gaul, front view.

    • Young Gaul, front view.

    • Sculpture; Portraits; Youth; Young adults; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Mustaches

    • Discovered in Reims (France). "This sculpture demonstrates the capacity of Roman artists to synthesize widely divergent influences and draw upon diverse styles. It shows that Roman art was capable of addressing very different concerns while...
    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Photographs; Prints; Advertisements; Advertising; Men; Cowboys; Clothing & dress; Cowboy hats; Hats; Headgear; Shirts; Coats; Chaps; Horseback riding; Riding; Sitting; Roping; Ropes; Locomotion; Human locomotion; Animal locomotion; Animals;...

    • "Prince's early 'appropriations' from advertising, of which this is an example, have interesting connections with his later practice. After 1985 Prince started to employ verbal jokes in his works. They were often silkscreened as texts across...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Drawings; Ink drawings; Pen works; Abstract drawings; Abstract works

    • Indian ink on paper. June 1960. "Michaux was a poet as well as a visual artist. Works such as this are essentially calligraphic, representing a meeting point of writing and painting. His calligraphy often assumes a hallucinatory character,...
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