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American Indian stalking deer
American Indian stalking deer
This 1993–1994 painting depicts an American Indian hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The hunter stands on a rock in a stream facing a buck and a doe. He is camouflaged, wearing a deer head and skin over his own head and torso. In the background, the...
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The Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington's apotheosis — or elevation to the...
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Arrows turn into serpents
In The Ramayana, page 5.8
A flying demon, visible in the upper left corner, shoots arrows that become serpents as they fall. The arrows become wavy as they rain down upon Rama's army. The demon moves actively in a cloud-filled sunset sky painted over a dramatic mountain and landscape...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Assiniboine hunting buffalo
Assiniboine hunting buffalo
Paul Kane's circa 1851-1856 painting depicts two Plains Indians on horseback hunting a buffalo. The introduction of horses by Spanish settlers changed the way Plains Indians hunted, allowing them to overtake buffalo by speed.
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Baby Sita's gold urn carried in procession (Thai Ramayana mural)
Baby Sita's gold urn carried in procession (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this scene detail from a painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, baby Sita's golden urn is carried to the king's palace in a royal procession. The beautifully dressed king's courtiers, carrying the closed golden urn, pass from the back to the front...
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Balinese landscape and farmwork painting
Balinese landscape and farmwork painting
This Balinese painting from the village of Ubud shows traditional themes of rice farmers in a lush tropical landscape. In a terraced vista of blue ponds and light green plants, three men work the land as a bare-breasted young woman passes by carrying a basket...
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Balinese painting of Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter
Balinese painting of Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter
A red-toned modern Balinese painting depicts Hanuman courting Ravana's mermaid daughter. Swooping above moonlit waves and an open-mouthed fish in the sea, Hanuman carries the beautiful mermaid in his outstretched arms. Hanuman's and the mermaid's faces are...
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Baptism of Pocahontas
Baptism of Pocahontas
John Gadsby Chapman's painting, commissioned in 1837, depicts Pocahontas' baptism in Jamestown, Virginia, around 1613 or 1614. In the painting, Pocahontas (soon to be baptized Rebecca) wears a white dress and kneels before a baptismal font in a church. Anglican...
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Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
A simple barge carries Rama's allies across a river on the way home after they have defeated the demon king Ravana. The barge in the middle of the river, and both river shores, are covered with people accompanying Rama and Sita home to their rightful kingdom...
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Bartholomé de Las Casas
Bartholomé de Las Casas
Constantino Brumidi's 1876 painting, Bartholomé de Las Casas, depicts de las Casas and an American Indian in a room, viewed through an arched window. De las Casas is sitting at a desk in his priest's robe with a pen in his right hand. The Indian...
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The battle continues
In The Ramayana, page 3.8
This detail of a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, where Hanuman descends lithely down poles beside a circular well to seize the guards, shows how the powerful and clever monkey god can single-handedly defeat the hapless demons who defend Ravana's palace....
By Lorraine Aragon.
The Battle of Lake Erie
The Battle of Lake Erie
This 1865 painting depicts Oliver Hazard Perry transferring between ships during the Battle of Lake Erie, fought in 1813 during the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain.
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Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
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Bharata tries to give back the throne
In The Ramayana, page 2.3
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The birth of Sita
In The Ramayana, page 1.3
A painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows the infant Sita sitting in a gold urn as she is discovered by a king ploughing his fields. Beside Sita's urn, which protrudes from the ground, we see the king holding a wooden plough harnessed to an ox. The...
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this mural from the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Brown Monkey King strides boldly with his right hand grasping his downward sword. The monkey king's head and legs are shown in profile but his torso is rotated so that his shoulders face front. The Brown Monkey...
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Carolina parakeets
Carolina parakeets
John James Audubon's 1833 painting of the Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), now extinct, was the only native species of parrot in the United States. The last known wild Carolina parakeet was killed in...
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Close-up detail of Sita's mother in palace (Thai Ramayana mural)
Close-up detail of Sita's mother in palace (Thai Ramayana mural)
This close-up detail from a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows Sita's mother, wearing golden clothes and a tall Siamese crown, speaking to several palace women. In this detail taken from the left rear of the larger mural, we see the queen on a raised...
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Columbus taking possession of the New World
Columbus taking possession of the New World
Painting of Christopher Columbus taking possession of the new world. In the painting, Columbus kneels on a rocky coast, with a flag in his left hand and a sword in his right. He is surrounded by European men, some of them bearing flags. In the background,...
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A deathbed plot
In The Ramayana, page 1.10
This Indian painting shows Rama's father on his royal bed as he nears death. A wife and son are at his side.
By Lorraine Aragon.