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Very few red chalk drawings by Stefano Della Bella survive. A collector of Rembrandt’s prints and influenced by Jacques Callot, he preferred layering washes of gray or golden inks with black chalk to red chalk. Working rapidly, he would often flip…

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Still-life painting became popular in Europe in the seventeenth century. Lacking the traditional patronage of Church and court, Dutch artists excelled at these banquet table scenes. They were especially popular among the growing merchant class who…

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Looking back, Adam and Eve wipe their tears and reluctantly walk into an unwelcoming terrain. The snake departs at bottom right, his evil work done, leaving them in a land whose only other inhabitants are two distant creatures, probably dinosaurs.…

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Darkness overtakes the guilty couple: massive trees imprison them, blotting out all light except that which illuminates Adam and Eve’s shame. In the shadow of the Tree of Knowledge, their fate is decided. From Book 10: "Love was not in their…

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Adam brutally berates Eve in book 10: "Out of my sight, thou Serpent! That name best Befits thee with him leagued, thyself as false And hateful." Even the Tree of Knowledge behind Adam recoils from her.

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Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, the British naval officer pictured here, forged a reputation as a war hero who excelled at combining land and sea operations. He is well known for breaking Napoleon’s siege of Acre in what is now Israel during the…

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The figure depicted in Amazona blanca gracefully keeps her balance despite being posed precariously on a moving pony. She is a picture of confidence and courage. María Izquierdo admired the circus since her childhood, producing more than fifty…

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The meander pattern on the neck and the horizontal lines show the geometric style that flourished in Attica, the region around Athens, between 900 and 700 BCE. The vertical leaves on the belly, however, anticipate the naturalistic figurative motifs…

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