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    • Portrait of George Washington.

    • Portrait of George Washington.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Portraits; Portrait paintings; Men; Presidents; Politicians; Statesmen; Heads of state; Government officials; People associated with politics & government; Older people; Gestures; Sitting; Posing; Clothing & dress;...

    • “[…] Washington is placed in an elaborate setting equal to his importance. In the Grand Manner tradition of portraiture, his is before a velvet drapery swag and a classical column, both alluding to his high rank, and surrounded by the...
    • Salome Dancing Before Herod.

    • Salome Dancing Before Herod.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Storytelling; Myths; Legends; Biblical events; Women; Dancers; Mothers; Fathers; Spouses; Couples; Families; Men; Rulers; Upper class; Older people; Executioners; Beards; Clothing & dress; Veils; Headgear; Jewelry;...

    • “Moreau has rendered Salome as an enchantress, the archetypal femme fatale who seduces Herod into performing her will. Moreau was very careful to avoid endowing the figure of Herod with any magisterial dignity but rather shows him as an old man,...
    • Untitled (Medici Princess).

    • Untitled (Medici Princess).

    • Sculpture; Boxes; Mixed media; Allusions; Photographs; Reproductions; Portraits; Girls; Children; Youth; Princesses; Upper class; Nobility; Boys; Posing; Clothing & dress; Children's clothing & dress; Dresses; Necklaces; Jewelry; Pendants...

    • "Cornell's boxes of the 1940s and 1950s consisted of achingly melancholy juxtapositions of incongruously scaled objects implying temporal and spatial poetic leaps. A Victorian child's soap bubble set would be placed against a lunar map or a...
    • The Profanation of the Host.

    • The Profanation of the Host.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Heads (Anatomy); Women; Men; Fathers; Nudes; Body parts; Lions; Animals; Ants; Locusts; Insects; Chalices; Drinking vessels;...

    • "Dali's variation on Paolo Uccello's work of the same title, this is probably his most sacrilegious painting." (Caption); The Profanation of the Host […] is one of Dali's most sacrilegious paintings (although later he tried to exonerate...
    • Taking Stock (Unfinished).

    • Taking Stock (Unfinished).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Portrait paintings; Allegorical paintings; Allegories; Symbols; Irony; Allusions; Politics & government; Economic & political systems; Economics; Political elections; Political campaigns; Rooms & spaces;...

    • "In this painting Haacke's use of allegorical detail has an ironic air of academic exactitude. For instance, the marble sculpture of Pandora, pointedly placed on the Victorian table next to Margaret Thatcher, is based on one produced in 1890...
    • Villa Imperiale, Pompeii, Italy, interior view, oecus (A).

    • Villa Imperiale, Pompeii, Italy, interior view, oecus (A).

    • Architecture; Buildings; Houses; Dwellings; Residential facilities; Interiors; Rooms & spaces; Reception rooms; Salons (Social spaces); Architectural elements; Structural elements; Ceilings; Arches; Vaults (Architecture); Barrel ceilings;...

    • "It was built illegally by private interests in the last decade of the first century B.C. [...]. Renovated in the Fourth Style after the earthquake of 62 A.D. [...]." (p.122); “The oecus is a rectangular vaulted hall six meters wide by...
    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Prints; Broadsides; Broadsides; Advertisements; Advertising; Language; Communication; Communication devices; Inscriptions; Lettering (Layout features); Punctuation; Question marks

    • "Jenny Holzer extended the use of language in art to another dimension by presenting words alone; for the viewer, looking and reading became one and the same act. […] In graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1970s,...
    • Vagina Painting.

    • Vagina Painting.

    • Performance art; Performances; Women; Artists; Painting; Brooms & brushes; Blood; Bodily functions; Anatomy; Genitals; Human body

    • "Retrospectively this performance reads as a proto-feminist riposte to Yves Klein's usurpation of the female 'trace' of five years earlier [Anthropometries of the Blue Age, performance, 9 March 1960]." (Caption, p.105); "[…] Fluxus...
    • Lectern Sentinel.

    • Lectern Sentinel.

    • Sculpture; Metalwork; Abstract sculpture; Abstract works

    • "Smith's series of Sentinel sculptures, which were begun in 1956, were placed in the landscape surrounding his studio at Bolton Landing in upstate New York. Given their clear figurative associations they appeared to 'survey' or 'guard' the...
    • 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...
    • Urn of a young soldier.

    • Urn of a young soldier.

    • Sculpture; Urns; Death & burial; Containers; Soldiers; Military personnel; People associated with military activities; Death & burial; Friezes (Ornamental bands); Cartouches; Pediments; Tympana; Architectural elements; Inscriptions; Names;...

    • "The front of this rectangular urn is decorated with two friezes of hearts and darts. Smooth strips frame the decoration along the top and bottom rims and emphasize the container's shape. The central surface of such objects was inscribed. This...
    • Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece, interior view, "throne room".

    • Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece, interior view, "throne room".

    • Architecture; Buildings; Castles & palaces; Houses; Residential facilities; Dwellings; Archaeological sites; Interiors; Rooms & spaces; Reception rooms; Ceremonial rooms; Thrones; Chairs; Benches; Seating furniture; Furniture; Furnishings;...

    • "The Room of the Throne as finally restored by [Sir Arthur] Evans (and re-restored by the Knossos Conservation Office). The great stone basin was not found here but rather in a corridor to the north. The wall-paintings depict griffins placed...
    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Allusions; Death; Disasters; Tragedies; Accidents; Automobiles; Vehicles; Dead persons; Wounds & injuries; Voyeurism; Social aspects; Social classes

    • "The use of serial repetition here, as in other early Warhol works, relates interestingly to Minimalist uses of repetition. The reciprocally ironic relation between Warhol and the Minimalists came to a head in 1964. Warhol exhibited a series...
    • 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...
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