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    • Le Violon d'Ingres (Ingres' violin).

    • Le Violon d'Ingres (Ingres' violin).

    • Photographs; Photographic prints; Gelatin silver prints; Puns (Visual works); Plays on words; Women; Nudes; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Headdresses; Headgear; Jewelry; Earrings; Sitting; Posing; Violins; Musical instruments

    • "Man Ray's most famous photograph, Le Violon d'Ingres, combines Dada wordplay with Surrealist imagery. The nude recalls the odalisques of Ingres, while the title refers to Ingres's hobby - playing the violin (which led to the French phrase...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Nero (obverse), Roma (reverse), coin.

    • Nero (obverse), Roma (reverse), coin.

    • Coins; Money; Metalwork; Portraits; Heads (Anatomy); Men; Emperors; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Upper class; Hairstyles; Wreaths; Crowns; Headgear; Women; Goddesses; Myths; Legends; Fictitious characters; Supernatural...

    • "The obverse of the coin shows a portrait of Nero [...]. The reverse side depicts the helmeted goddess Roma seated on a captured throne; the figure of Victory rises from her right hand, while her left hand, resting on a shield, holds a short...
    • Herod Atticus, front view.

    • Herod Atticus, front view.

    • Sculpture; Effigies; Portraits; Men; Philosophers; People associated with education & communication; Clothing & dress; Beards; Mustaches

    • "This effigy of the august man of letters was inspired by portraits of Greek philosophers from the fourth and third centuries B.C., but it remains true to the art of the Antonine portrait in its attempts to convey sensitivity and...
    • 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...
    • Isis, front, slight three-quarter view.

    • Isis, front, slight three-quarter view.

    • Sculpture; Myths; Legends; Women; Goddesses; People associated with religion; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Heads (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Headdresses; Headgear; Hairstyles; Symbols; Cobras; Snakes; Reptiles

    • "This head of Isis, turned to the right, with delicately parted lips, is almost entirely intact except for the ends of a few locks of hair and the left edge of her tiara. The neck stops at a recessed fitting, a tenon, indicating that the head...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Sculpture; Figurines; Women; Goddesses; Myths; Legends; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Hairstyles; Headgear; Grooming; Gestures; Mirrors; Symbols; Cupids; Dolphins; Aquatic animals; Lifting & carrying

    • "Venus is represented rising out of the water in accord with the conventions of the Aphrodite Anadyomene type. The triton and dolphin, which recall the maritime setting, were sometimes depicted alternately with two cupids accompanying the...
    • Sky Window.

    • Sky Window.

    • Sculpture; Architecture; Architectural elements; Ceilings; Windows; Skylights; Light; Lighting

    • "While producing works like this, Turrell also embarked on a major project in 1972 which involved purchasing, and subsequently modifying, an extinct volcanic crater located in northern Arizona. This 'Roden Crater' project has connections with...
    • Book of Hours, France, mid 15th century, fragment.

    • Book of Hours, France, mid 15th century, fragment.

    • Book of Hours--France--Illustrations; Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval--France; Manuscripts, Medieval; Illuminations 1200-1500

    • A Book of Hours was the primary text for private lay devotion in the late middle ages and Renaissance. Consisting of the cycle of prayers to be recited at the eight canonical hours or established times for prayers throughout the day, the content of...
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