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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.

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.

Bernardo Strozzi’s ‘The Cook’ is revolutionary in its humble subject matter and very human protagonist.

Coleman Hawkins helped establish the tenor saxophone as an esteemed instrument for jazz expression—and then made ‘Body and Soul’ a must-play for musicians.

This statue of the Hawaiian god Kūkā’ilimoku has outlasted religious changes, iconoclasm and fire.

George Gershwin’s compositional brilliance and DuBose Heyward’s deeply affecting narrative combined to turn ‘Porgy and Bess’ into an iconic American opera.

In Bosch’s ‘Death and the Miser,’ a dying man must choose between the light of Christ and the temptation of earthly riches.

Harold Lloyd, a contrast to contemporary stars like Chaplin and Keaton, stars in ‘Safety Last!,’ a paean to self-reliance.

Alfred Döblin’s epic novel ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ is An unsettling, penetrating portrait of a descent into fascism.

Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Star Dust,’ with lyrics by Mitchell Parish, is probably the most-recorded American song in history.

Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ can be read as a literal and figurative self-portrait related to a traumatic event in the young artist’s life, but its stunning power extends beyond her story.

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