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Deadbrook After the Battle of Ezra’s Church. Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

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Kara Walker is a contemporary African American artist who received her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches at Columbia University. Her work deals with issues of race, gender, sexuality, and violence. She is best known for black silhouettes like the one depicted here, but has also worked with sculpture and [...]

Coin with Bust of Hadrian

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Roman coinage has existed about as long as Rome. Even emperors whose reigns did not last long often minted one or two coins in their image. Hadrian was Emperor of Rome between 117-138 C.E. The Roman Empire at that time was huge, and Hadrian halted outward expansion of the borders.  As Roman Emperor, Hadrian was [...]

Shiva Nataraja

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In this icon, Shiva is performing the tandava, in which he is shown destroying the old universe and dancing a new one into creation. In his hands he holds fire to destroy the universe and a hand drum whose sound creates the universe. His lower right hand makes the abhayamudra, the gesture which removes fear, [...]

Tara

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Tara is an important deity in Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibet and among Tibetans in Nepal, Tara is a Buddha of compassion and is very commonly worshipped. She is also a savioress, similar to the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, who remains on the Earth to guide humanity between the era of the Gautama Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha. [...]

Stormy Weather

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Benjamin Williams Leader was born in the West Midlands of England in 1831. As a young man he attended the Royal Grammar School and studied at the Worcester School of Design in the evenings. In his free time, Leader painted en plein air. In 1854, after working several years for his father, Leader decided to [...]

Plains of Holland

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Charles Warren Eaton’s artistic success came as a young man. His entrance into the art world coincided with a profound change in the prevailing artistic style in America. In the late 1870s the highly realistic and detailed Hudson River School manner, which had dominated the American art scene for over forty years, was giving way [...]

Huipil

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The huipil is the most common traditional garment worn by indigenous women from central Mexico to Central America. It is a loose-fitting tunic, generally made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are [...]

Grand Canyon

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Clare Romano is an American printmaker notable for her fascination with landscape. She was especially moved by her first encounter with the Grand Canyon in 1975. She responded not only to the colours of the landscape and to intensity of the light, but also to the dramatic monolithic formation of the canyons. Her simplification and [...]

Bowl

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Born in Tokyo, Japan to the man considered the “Father of British studio pottery”, David Leach is an English Ceramicist. The father’s and son’s pottery share many common themes but David Leach has partially departed from his father. Leach’s father was known for his thick, bold, rough, opaque pottery with little color difference between body [...]

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase

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Uranium has been found in glass in trace amounts from as early as 79 CE--the date of a mosaic in a Roman Villa where uranium oxide was found at a 1% concentration. In the nineteenth century, uranium was a regular ingredient in much decorative glass, partially because it was inexpensive, and it added a vibrant [...]