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    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • Dead (Tote) from October 18, 1977.

    • Dead (Tote) from October 18, 1977.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Photographs; Activists; Left-wing extremists; Terrorists; Dead persons; Death; Suicides; Social justice; Political issues; Politics & government; Protest movements; Opposition (Political science); Student movements;...

    • "[…] the German painter Gerhard Richter […] looked back mournfully on painting's loss of public function in his October 18, 1977 (1988), a cycle of 15 paintings which mimicked the appearances of blurred black-and-white photographs. Richter...
    • 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...
    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Drawings; Graphite drawings; Seascape drawings; Seascapes; Seas; Oceans; Bodies of water; Nature; Details

    • "[…] Vija Celmins uses nature as a starting point. In her re-creations of the heavens and earth, Celmins prods the viewer into an expanded awareness of both her sources and the process of artistic vision. […] In 1968 Celmins's preferred...
    • Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

    • Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Marines (Visual works); Symbols; Allusions; Discovery & exploration; Catholicism; Christianity; Portraits; Self-portraits; Portrait paintings; Men; Women; Spouses; Nudes; Explorers; Saints; People associated with...

    • "Dali and Gala had every reason to be grateful to America, which had showered them with dollars. Here, as Columbus, the painter kneels on the shore, holding aloft a silver crucifix. Gala appears once more as Virgin Mary, on the banner."...
    • Blue Veil.

    • Blue Veil.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • "In Louis's enormous 'veils' of the 1950s the physical operations of pouring paint or tilting a canvas so that the paint floods down it are powerfully implied." (Caption, p.28); "[Clement] Greenberg's conception of 'Modernism' as...
    • Constantine, gold medallion coin of Constantine, front view.

    • Constantine, gold medallion coin of Constantine, front view.

    • Sculpture; Coins; Money; Medals; Jewelry; Necklaces; Goldwork; Metalwork; Effigies; Portraits; Men; Emperors; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Upper class; Military officers; Military personnel; People associated with...

    • "In this medallion, a gold coin is set within the center of a gold disc. A ring for hanging it projects from the top. The coin is a double solidus with an imperial effigy on the front [...]. In bust view, the emperor is seen in left profile,...
    • 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,...
    • 'Dreamy Improvisation', study.

    • 'Dreamy Improvisation', study.

    • Paintings; Watercolors; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Drawings; Ink drawings; Pencil works; Studies (Visual works); Colors

    • "Soon after the creation of Composition VII, in late November, Kandinsky painted Dreamy Improvisation [Träumerische Improvisation] on 3 December 1913 followed by Light Picture [Helles Bild] and Black Lines [Schwarze Striche] in mid-December....
    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Colors

    • "The assertive flatness of the implacable field of red is emphasized by the linear vertical 'zips'. Rather than functioning as 'drawing' within space, these reinforce and delimit the space as a whole. White 'zips' in Newman's works also evoke...
    • 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...
    • Diptych leaf of Consul Areobindus, from Constantinople (Turkey).

    • Diptych leaf of Consul Areobindus, from Constantinople (Turkey).

    • Sculpture; Diptychs; Commemorations; Portraits; Men; Consuls; Government officials; Politicians; People associated with politics & government; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Scepters; Ceremonial objects; Symbols; Monograms; Medallions...

    • "The Louvre diptych was produced in 506 A.D., on the occasion of the consulate of Areobindus. […] An exceptionally high number of diptychs and panels in his name remain: two complete diptychs and five individual panels. […] The Areobindus...
    • 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...
    • Katie on Sofa.

    • Katie on Sofa.

    • Paintings; Girls; Leisure; Sitting; Domestic life; Clothing & dress; Furniture; Furnishings; Seating furniture; Sofas; Couches; Pillows; Upholstery; Chairs; Architecture; Buildings; Houses; Dwellings; Residential facilities; Interiors; Rooms...

    • "Within the same generation as the Expressionist [Alice] Neel was the rather Post-Impressionist Fairfield Porter, who painted radiant, grandly composed intimist pictures that, albeit thoroughly American, seem aesthetically and spiritually at...
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