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    • Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy, relief detail, suovetaurilia.

    • Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy, relief detail, suovetaurilia.

    • Architecture; Monuments; Monuments & memorials; Arches; Memorial arches; Victories; War; Warfare; Campaigns & battles; Facades; Architectural elements; Structural elements; Sculpture; Bas-reliefs; Architectural sculpture; Architectural...

    • "The triumphal Arch of Constantine was erected next to the Colosseum in AD 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius three years earlier." (p.149); "One of four reliefs from a monument erected by the emperor Commodus...
    • Faustina the Younger, front view.

    • Faustina the Younger, front view.

    • Sculpture; Portraits; Women; Empresses; Princesses; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Upper class; Nobility; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles

    • Discovered near Tivoli (Italy). "Cut from a single block of marble, this bust of Faustina the Younger is notable for its excellent state of preservation, despite a few chips on the face, some damage to the drapery, and the modern restoration...
    • The Death of Bara.

    • The Death of Bara.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Storytelling; Death; Revolutions; Children; Boys; Teenagers; Youth; Revolutionaries; Spies; Nudes

    • “The following year, the heroes of the day were children. David was asked to paint Joseph Bara, the drummer who chose to die rather than shout ‘Vive le roi!’, and the young Provençal Agricol Viala. Of these two projects, one unfinished...
    • The Death of Bara, detail, head.

    • The Death of Bara, detail, head.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Storytelling; Death; Revolutions; Children; Boys; Teenagers; Youth; Revolutionaries; Spies; Nudes; Details

    • “The following year, the heroes of the day were children. David was asked to paint Joseph Bara, the drummer who chose to die rather than shout ‘Vive le roi!’, and the young Provençal Agricol Viala. Of these two projects, one unfinished...
    • The Perception of Presence.

    • The Perception of Presence.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Men; Young adults; Discrimination; Race discrimination; Racism; Prejudice; Cultural relations; Social classes; Social aspects; Interpersonal relations; Fear

    • Earth, linen cloth, and wood, and recorded interviews; “ ‘My godson’s experience stimulated this piece. He’s grown up in Greenwich Village and one evening while out with his friends the police swooped down upon them. They were thrown...
    • Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts.

    • Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Dance; Ballet; Dancers; Ballerinas; Ballet dancers; Backs (Anatomy); Costumes; Flowers; Standing; Eating & drinking; Drinking vessels; Artists' signatures

    • "Here is concerned with the dancers' preparations just before appearing on stage. [...] One of the dancers is seen from the back; another drinks from a glass; and a third adjusts the blue tulle flowers of her costume." (p.109)
    • The Sower.

    • The Sower.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Croplands; Agriculture; Farming; Landscapes (Representations); Men; Adults; Working class; Laborers; Agricultural laborers; People associated with manual labor; People associated with agriculture; Walking; Gestures;...

    • "Though its exact date is unknown, the nature of the brushwork and general intensity of style suggest late 1888 or early 1889 while van Gogh was still in Arles, the village in Provence [...]. It may even have been executed after van Gogh...
    • Triptych August 1972.

    • Triptych August 1972.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Triptychs; Portraits; Portrait paintings; Men; Adults; Disfigured persons; Gays; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Interpersonal relations; Underwear; Sitting; Chairs; Seating furniture; Furniture; Doors & doorways

    • One of the "black triptychs." Reference to Eadweard Muybridge.
    • 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...
    • Untitled Film Still, No. 6.

    • Untitled Film Still, No. 6.

    • Photographs; Film stills; Motion pictures; Feminism; Symbols; Women; Artists; Photographers; Actors; Costumes; Fictitious characters; Daydreaming; Posing; Gestures; Leisure; Clothing & dress; Robes; Lingerie; Underwear; Mirrors; Bedsheets

    • Edition of 10. "Sherman poses as a woman daydreaming. She holds a mirror, a clichéd symbol of vanity, in one hand. Momentarily her blank stare triggers a disturbing 'double-take'. She becomes a victim of crime in a police photograph, 'killed'...
    • Bald Eagle.

    • Bald Eagle.

    • Collages; Abstract works; Eagles; Birds; Animals

    • "In the year before Pollock's premature death, Krasner made powerful collages, possibly drawing on the huge semi-abstract 'paper-cuts' that the veteran French Modernist Henri Matisse was producing around this time. In one of these collages she...
    • Boîte-en-Valise, open, center section, detail.

    • Boîte-en-Valise, open, center section, detail.

    • Boxes; Containers; Luggage; Showcases; Merchandise displays; Commercialism; Art objects; Reproductions; Miniature works; Sculpture; Paintings; Photographs; Plumbing fixtures; Details

    • "Duchamp's Boîte 'unpacked' in such a way that certain sections slid out to become free-standing display boards, whilst a sheaf of folders and black mounts bore other reproductions of works from his output. In all, it contained 69 items....
    • The Great Masturbator.

    • The Great Masturbator.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Symbols; Fantasy; Lust; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Women; Men; Couples; Standing; Hugging; Body parts; Genitals; Heads (Anatomy); Legs; Animals; Lions; Wild cats; Tongues; Ants;...

    • "To the right of the photograph [referring to the photograph in Dali's painting The First Days of Spring, 1929] we find the first appearance of an icon soon to proliferate in Dali's work: a waxy-complexioned head with closed eyes, long...
    • Little Ashes.

    • Little Ashes.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Sex; Women; Men; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Nudes; Buttocks; Breasts; Body parts; Backs (Anatomy); Arms (Anatomy); Fingers; Birds; Animals; Feathers

    • "The painting anthologizes Dali's obsessions of the moment." (Caption); "As a result of Santos Torroella's dedicated researches, it is now generally accepted that the two heads in The Birth of Venus represent those of Lorca [Federico...
    • 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,...
    • The Persistence of Memory.

    • The Persistence of Memory.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Dreaming; Time; Clocks & watches; Trees; Flies; Ants; Insects; Reflections; Landscapes (Representations); Cliffs; Bodies of water

    • "Dali's famous 'melting clocks' in The Persistence of Memory portray the uncanny quality of certain dreams. In a stark, oddly illuminated landscape, a number of elements referring to time - watches, eggs, a dead fish, a dead tree - are...
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