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Montezuma and Cortes

The riches intended to buy off the Spanish only intensified their lust for gold.

Paving the Way for Maruyama Okyo's Masterpiece

"Cracked Ice" combines everything Okyo knew from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Maria Sibylla's Encounter with the Natural World

Maria Sibylla's illustrations brought to light the true life cycle of insects.

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Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the contemporaneous Islamic empires.

Paradise on Earth

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.

Color and Light

Explore light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.

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