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    • Tiberius, front view.

    • Tiberius, front view.

    • Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Portraits; Emperors; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Men; Hairstyles; Crowns; Headdresses; Headgear; Leaves; Symbols

    • "[…] this portrait probably came from the forum's Augusteum (a shrine dedicated to the imperial family). […] In this portrait, the hair is combed forward, with short bangs over the forehead, formed by straight and regularly laid locks that...
    • Italia d'oro (Golden Italy).

    • Italia d'oro (Golden Italy).

    • Sculpture; Metalwork; Maps; Industrialization; Industry; Economic & social conditions; Social aspects; Industrial arbitration; Social classes; Wealth; Poverty; Economic & industrial aspects

    • "Fabro made his first sculpture in the Italia series in 1968. Dozens of variations followed in subsequent years. Another theme established in 1968 was that of 'Feet'. This involved the artist in producing a series of bizarre sculptural...
    • Bunnies.

    • Bunnies.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Capitalism; Glamour photographs; Sex; Seduction; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Women; Bathing beauties; People associated with entertainment & sports; Posing; Clothing & dress; Lingerie; Bathing suits;...

    • "In subsequent paintings by Polke, deliberately inept versions of American Pop techniques ironically signaled West Germany's 'secondary' cultural/economic status vis-à-vis America. In his Rasterbilder works he subverted [Roy] Lichtenstein's...
    • Guernica.

    • Guernica.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; Military tactics; War destruction & pillage; Death; Dismemberment; Body parts; Mental states; Despair;...

    • "In this monumental work of 1937, Guernica, Picasso combined Analytic and Synthetic Cubist forms with several traditional motifs, juxtaposing them in a new Surrealist way. The combination serves the political message of the painting - namely,...
    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Collages; Allusions; Women; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Clothing & dress; Dresses; Headgear; Pointing fingers; Smiling; Chairs; Seating furniture; Furniture; Doors & doorways; Floors; Snakes; Reptiles; Animals;...

    • "Polke's work frequently juxtaposes images wrenched from different periods of history. At the bottom left he makes use of a collage by the early twentieth-century Surrealist Max Ernst, whilst the central image derives from a satirical etching...
    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Love; Worry; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Women; Men; Couples; Spouses; Fathers; Families; Family; Faces; Heads (Anatomy); Body parts; Buttocks;...

    • "The Child-Woman is Gala, who appears here for the first time in Dali's work." (Caption); "Meanwhile, Dali had painted the first major work in which he alluded directly to the relationship with Gala that was partially to blame for...
    • Outskirts of the Paranoiac-Critical Town.

    • Outskirts of the Paranoiac-Critical Town.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Fear; Anxiety; Lust; Sex; Invitations; Gestures; Locomotion; Human locomotion; Women; Portraits; Spouses; Children; Girls; Clothing & dress; Shirts; Necklaces; Neckwear; Jewelry; Dresses; Cities &...

    • "The painting belonged to Edward James. The 'paranoiac-critical town' is composed of elements principally from Cadaqués and Palamós." (Caption); "The reference was to Outskirts of the Paranoiac-Critical Town, one of Dali's finest...
    • Herculaneum, decorative fresco-type architectural wall painting.

    • Herculaneum, decorative fresco-type architectural wall painting.

    • Paintings; Murals; Walls; Architecture; Architectural elements; Structural elements; Columns; Moldings; Consoles; Architectural decorations & ornaments; Patterns (Design elements); Masks; Faces; Supernatural beings; Horses; Animals

    • "This fragment of a wall painting was among the very first ancient artworks discovered in Herculaneum after the volcanic eruption on August 23 in 79 A.D. […] This panel was executed using a technique similar to fresco painting. The design...
    • Untitled, detail.

    • Untitled, detail.

    • Performance art; Signs (Notices); Stripes; Patterns (Design elements); Men; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Walking; Automobiles; Vehicles; Sidewalks; Trees; Plants; Details

    • "This is an early example of Buren's use of stripe motifs in a public context. He has continued the practice to the present. For instance, in 1997 in Munster, Germany, his contribution to a festival of site-specific sculpture consisted of...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Performance art; Signs (Notices); Stripes; Patterns (Design elements); Men; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Walking; Automobiles; Vehicles; Sidewalks; Trees; Plants

    • "This is an early example of Buren's use of stripe motifs in a public context. He has continued the practice to the present. For instance, in 1997 in Munster, Germany, his contribution to a festival of site-specific sculpture consisted of...
    • "The Praetorians Relief"

    • "The Praetorians Relief"

    • Sculpture; Bas-reliefs; Men; Military personnel; Soldiers; Military officers; People associated with military activities; Guards; Bodyguards; People associated with health & safety; Clothing & dress; Military uniforms; Uniforms; Belts...

    • "This piece depicts three soldiers in high relief in the foreground and two others, accompanied by a standard bearer, in bas-relief behind. The plaque's original upright is preserved in the lower right; the upright on the left is modern. As...
    • Kore Phrasikleia (4889) and kouros of Merenda, front view.

    • Kore Phrasikleia (4889) and kouros of Merenda, front view.

    • Sculpture; Men; Women; Nudes; Genitals; Clothing & dress; Headdresses; Headgear; Wreaths; Hairstyles; Jewelry; Necklaces; Earrings; Bracelets; Flowers; Plants; Rosettes; Swastikas; Patterns (Design elements)

    • Kore: "Found at Merenda (ancient Myrrhinous), Attica, in 1972. […] Funerary statue. Found in a pit in the cemetery of Myrrhinous together with kouros [of Merenda] (inv. no. 4890). Preserved in excellent condition. The girl is depicted...
    • Balaclavas.

    • Balaclavas.

    • Sculpture; Headgear; Symbols; Commercialism; Commerce; Shopping; Patterns (Design elements); Logos; Swastikas; Rabbits; Animals; Mirrors; Reflections; Cameras; Photographic apparatus & supplies

    • Series of five woolen hoods; "The motifs on Trockel's knitted balaclavas emblematized various issues. The 'bunnies', for instance, teasingly evoked the kind of imagery displayed in [Sigmar] Polke's Playboy Bunnies, whilst the swastikas nudged...
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