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After years of working in archeological excavations, Gonzalo Fonseca created sculptural windows into humanity's distant past. Carving tiny spaces from cast-off architectural stone, we project ourselves into the alcoves. We came from the caves, Fonseca forces us to return.

PalomarGonzalo Fonseca, 1975

When John Muafangejo was 12 years old, his father died and his mother moved their family to Epinga, an Anglican mission village on Namibia's northern border. The villiage had an art school, called Rorke's Drift, where Muafangejo took his first art classes. But this print, like many of Muafangejo's works, is both biographical and deeply political...

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Natal Where Art School IsJohn Ndevasia Muafangejo, 1974

Ahmed Yacoubi worked during the heyday of abstract expressionism, and brought a uniquely dark, knife-worked density to the movement, earning him the patronage of the influential collector Peggy Guggenheim.

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UntitledAhmed Yacoubi, 1950

This small gouache by the beloved Indian painter Gaganendranath Tagore frames a sublime moment in cubist angles. On the back it is inscribed "I am with you always, even until the end of the world."

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ResurrectionGaganendranath Tagore, 1920

The Child King

Meet Louis XV. He's ten years old in this portrait by Rosalba Carriera. Young Louis was the heir apparent of France, since the death of his father in 1715. But you can't have a ten-year-old running France.

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Louis XV of France as DauphinRosalba Carriera, 1720 - 1721

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