Masterpiece

Giovanni di Paolo’s ‘Paradise’ is a jewel of the Sienese School filled with echoes of Dante.

Fifty years ago, Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson teamed up on an unlikely album that’s a stunning example of understatement and studio wizardry.

Carl Sandburg’s books on Abraham Lincoln, far from traditional biography, remain unmatched for their vivid combination of mood, incident and epochal sweep.

William Levi Dawson’s ‘Negro Folk Symphony’ is a celebration of the vernacular in a traditional, European form.

This representation of Avalokiteshvara, known as Gwaneum in Korea, is a way station between tension and repose, between petitioners and gods.

Sofonisba Anguissola’s ‘The Chess Game’ is cited by scholars as among the first Italian paintings of everyday family life.

Presenting a web of secular and religious images, the Wilton Diptych’s meanings are still disputed.

Euripides’ ‘Medea’ finally found its place in the repertory because of his superb talent for writing from a woman’s point of view.

Ribera, unafraid of color and traditional iconography, established a Neapolitan style, as can be seen in his ‘St. Jerome.’

Robert Johnson’s virtuosic ‘Hellhound On My Trail’ is thick with existential dread.

Verrocchio’s ’’Lady With Flowers’ is a revolutionary work in its composition and captures both the sitter’s appearance and her inner life.

Two 16th-century books are irreplaceable resources for understanding the history of art and those who made it.

In Giovanni Bellini’s ‘Feast of the Gods,’ the artist’s mastery is so captivating, the work’s lewd subject is not at first apparent.

Daniel Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’ is a monument to man’s ingenuity and resilience—and a rebuke to human vanity.

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ found humor in the existential terror of conflict.

Delacroix’s “Women of Algiers in Their Apartment,’ a newly discovered early version of a famed canvas, offers insight into his methods and fascinations.

On its eponymous debut album, the Allman Brothers Band put time-tested ingredients together in a new way and used maverick instrumentation to create a fresh, funky sound.

Washington Irving’s ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ is a quintessential Halloween horror story—but it’s also a tale that delivers laughs as well as deeper lessons about protecting communities.

Kichijoten, Japanese Buddhists’ conception of Lakshmi, a popular Hindu goddess whose annual five-day festival of Diwali is set to begin, is a divinity with global popularity.

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