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Albrecht Dürer, Hare (A Young Hare), 1502. Source Image and original data prErich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archivesovided by /ART RESOURCE, N.Y. http://www.artres.com/c/htm/Home.aspx

Dürer’s Hare is the poster child for the species – everything you could ever hope for, and more.
– Nancy Minty, PT Metadata Assistant

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Jacques-Louis David The Death of Socrates (1787) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I vividly recall learning about David’s Death of Socrates during a history class in my freshman year of high school. I remember the warm glow of the slide as it appeared on the screen and my teacher’s detailed description of the work. On a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art shortly thereafter, I was amazed to see, firsthand, the manner in which David was able to convey the intensity of the moment—through composition and symbolism—all captured in a slick layer of paint on canvas. This was my first foray into the realm of art history.

- Stephen Alsa, Library Relations Manager, Domestic

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Artist unknown, Mexican Portrait of the Reverend Mother María Antonia de Rivera (c. 1775) Oil on canvas Philadelphia Museum of Art The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903

I’m intrigued by this painting’s strange blend of austerity (the starched habit) and abundance (the enormous floral crown), accompanied by a mysterious gaze. I also really like the image and text combination—it’s so straightforwardly presented, but also very complexly coded. Plus, I just love nuns.

- Caroline Caviness, ARTstor Implementation Manager

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I. M. Pei, Glass Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon of the Musée du Louvre (1985-1989). Photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, N.Y. http://www.artres.com/c/htm/Home.aspx

“I like the dimensions and perspective of the landscape as viewed from the interior of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid.”

Wynston Francis, Senior Windows System Administrator

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Dora Maar, Pere Ubu (1936)

Dora Maar, Pere Ubu (1936). © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

I picked Maar’s image of a baby armadillo as Pere Ubu because it captures the wonderfully grotesque nature of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu character in what is otherwise a photograph of a cute, little animal.

Joseph Tew, PT Metadata Assistant

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Doll (1730-40). The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“This charming little guy, with his red coat, white stockings, and blue waistcoat and britches is a really wonderful and whimsical spokesman for a fascinating moment in English and American history. Toys provide telling glimpses into the world of the child and reflect the values and fashions of the time and culture in which they are made. I like this particular fellow for the terrific lessons he offers in history, tradition, design and practical techniques.”

Tara Fleming, Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Human Resources Administrator

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Turkish bath towel (Pestamal) , c. 1800

Turkish bath towel (Pestamal) , c. 1800. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of Miss Elizabeth W. Lewis, , 1899 1899-231

I discovered this image when running a keyword search for ‘ottoman’ years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is it a beautiful example of needlework, but the image is so detailed that when zooming into it, you can closely examine every one of the stitches.

Kimberly Henrikson, Senior Support Services Manager

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