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Ai Weiwei's "Remembering" and the Politics of Dissent
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All art is political in the sense that all art takes place in the public arena and engages with an already existing ideology. Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, offers an important contemporary example. The news that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been detained by authorities has prompted significant concern. Ai Weiwei has ben arrested by the Chinese authorities.

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Alexander Mosaic
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This art history video examines the "Alexander Mosaic" c. 100 B.C.E., tessera mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii. This Roman floor mosaic may be based on a lost Hellenistic painting by Philoxenos of Eretria, The Battle of Issus, c. 315 B.C.E.). Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.

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Steven Zucker
Allston's Elijah in the Desert
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This art history video discussion examines Washington Allston's "Elijah in the Desert", 1818, oil on canvas, 125.09 x 184.78 cm / 49 1/4 x 72 3/4 inches (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

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Steven Zucker
Altdorfer's The Battle of Issus
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In this art history video discussion Beth Harris and Steven Zucker examine Albrecht Altdorfer's "The Battle of Issus," 1529, oil on panel. Alte Pinokothek, Munich.

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Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Palazzo Pubblico Frescos: Allegory and Effect of Good and Bad Government
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In this art history video discussion Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker consider Ambrogio Lorenzetti's series of frescos "Allegory of Good Government", "Effects of Good Government in the City and the Country", and "Allegory and Effects of Bad Government in the City and the Country" Siena c. 1337-40. Sala della Pace (Hall of Peace) also known as the Sala dei Nove (the Hall of the Nine), Palazzo Pubblico, Siena.

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Antoine or Louis Le Nain, Peasant Family in an Interior
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This art history video discussion examines Antoine or Louis Le Nain's "Peasant Family in an Interior", 2nd quarter of the 17th century, oil on canvas (Musee du Louvre, Paris).

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Steven Zucker
Arch of Titus
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This art history video discussion examines the Arch of Titus, originally Pentelic marble, early 19h-century restoration is in travertine, c. 81 C.E. (Via Sacra, Rome).

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Art & Context: Monet's Cliff Walk at Pourville and Malevich's White on White
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This art video discussion is titled "Art & Context: Monet's Cliff Walk at Pourville & Malevich's Suprematist Composition: White on White." It looks at Claude Monet's "Cliff Walk at Pourville", oil on canvas, 1882 (Art Institute of Chicago); and Kazimir Malevich, "Suprematist Composition: White on White", oil on canvas, 1918 (MoMA).

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Beth Harris
Sal Khan
Steven Zucker
Art in Nazi Germany
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In this art history video Beth Harris and Steven Zucker discuss Paul Troost's House of (German) Art (1933-37) in relation to the Great Exhibition of German Art and the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) Exhibitions of 1937 in Munich.

The House of German Art now exhibits international contemporary art in direct opposition to original National Socialist intent.

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August Sander's Portraits
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This art history video discussion examines these portraits by August Sander: "Pastry Cook", gelatin silver print, 1928, "Secretary at a Radio Station", Cologne, gelatin silver print, c. 1931, and "Disabled Man", gelatin silver print, 1926.

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Beth Harris
Juliana Kreinik
Steven Zucker
Bacon's Triptych - August 1972
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This art history video discussion examines Francis Bacon's "Triptych - August 1972", 1972, oil on canvas, 72 x 61 x 22 in. (183 x 155 x 64 cm), (Tate Modern, London).

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Barnett Newman's Painting Technique
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This art history video looks at "The Painting Techniques of Barnett Newman: Vir Heroicus Sublimis" Abstract Expressionist New York, The Museum of Modern Art, October 3, 2--April 11, 2011. Filmed by Plowshares Media; Music by Chris Parrello, Ian Young, Kevin Thomas, Ziv Ravitz.

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Baroque Art in Holland Vermeer's Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
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This art history video discussion looks at Johannes Vermeer's "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher", oil on canvas, c. 1662 (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Basilica of Santa Prassede (Praxedes)
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This art history video discussion looks at the Mosaics of Santa Prassede, Rome, early 9th century Mosaics from the early 9th century, under Pope Paschal. The church is dedicated to Saint Praxedes and her sister Saint Pudentiana, daughters of Saint Pudens. The sisters were martyred because they provided Christian burials for martyrs, against Roman law.

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Author:
Beth Harris
Richard Bowen
Steven Zucker
Bellini's St. Francis
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This art history video discussion examines Giovanni Bellini's "Saint Francis in the Desert", c. 1480, oil and tempera on poplar, 124.5 x 141.9 cm (The Frick Collection, New York).

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bellows' Pennsylvania Station Excavation
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This art history video discussion examines George Bellows' "Pennsylvania Station Excavation", oil on canvas, c. 1907-08 (Brooklyn Museum).

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bernini's Cathedra Petri  (Chair of St. Peter)
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This art history video discussion looks at Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cathedra Petri (or Chair of St. Peter), gilded bronze, gold, wood, stained glass, 1647-53 (apse of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome). According to tradition, St. Peter himself, the founder of the institution of the Church and considered the first pope, sat on the ancient wooden chair that is encased within this larger bronze and gold chair.

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bernini's Pluto and Proserpina
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This art history video discussion examines Gian Lorenzo Bernini's "Pluto and Proserpina" (also know as the Rape of Proserpina), 1621-22, marble (Galleria Borghese, Rome). Proserpina is the Latin varient of the mythic Greek Persephone.

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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bernini's Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
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This art history video discussion looks at Gian Lorenzo Bernini's "Sant'Andrea al Quirinale", 1658-70, Rome; commissioned by Cardinal Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphili for the nearby Jesuit seminary.

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Arts and Humanities
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Khan Academy
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Author:
Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bocklin's Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle
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This art history video discussion looks at Arnold Bocklin's "Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle", 1872, oil on canvas, 75 x 61 cm (Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin).

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Khan Academy
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Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Bodhisattva from China
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This art history video discussion looks at Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), Northern Qi dynasty, c. 550--60, Shanxi Province, China, sandstone with pigments, 13-3/4 feet / 419.1 cm high (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

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Khan Academy
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Author:
Beth Harris
Steven Zucker