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Art Facts: documenting a dig at the site of ancient Thebes

In the 19th century, Western artists flocked to Egypt and other Oriental regions to paint the strange architecture, exotic landscapes, and dark-skinned natives. The craze started after Napoleon reopened North Africa to Europeans with his 1798 conquest. Artists tagged along with scientists, diplomats, and sometimes even armies to record the sights of newly conquered lands. […]

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Pictures From a Revolution: German photography of the 20s and 30s

“The transformation that is taking place before our eyes in photographic methods and their effects is critical,” wrote Walter Peterhans in 1930. He had experienced that transformation firsthand when, in 1928, he was appointed to head the newly created photography workshop at the Bauhaus in Dessau–a sign of the acceptance of photography by Europe’s most […]