• Amiens: Cathédrale Notre-DameAmiens: Cathédrale Notre-Dame, 1220-69, Amiens, France. Photo from mappinggothicfrance.org.
  • Vaital Deul, Orissa, India.Vaital Deul, Orissa, India. Photo by Prasad Pawar.
  • Kakushigi (Kuo Tzu-i)Maruyama Okyo, Kakushigi (Kuo Tzu-i), 18th century, Daijoji Temple, Japan. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • PantheonPantheon, 126 CE, Rome, Italy. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • Portable Altar of Countess GertrudePortable Altar of Countess Gertrude, ca. 1045, The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Wolf and Fox HuntPeter Paul Rubens and Workshop, Wolf and Fox Hunt, ca. 1615-21, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Le Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse, FranceLe Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse, France. Photo by Stephen Murray, from mappinggothicfrance.org.
  • Buddhist SageWang Zhen, Buddhist Sage, 1928, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Machu Picchu, Inca, 15th century.Machu Picchu, Inca, 15th century. Photo by Amanda Gannaway and Rebecca Fitle.
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and BarbaraHans Memling, Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara, early 1480s, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Davis Album; Princess Entertaining a Visitor on the BalconyDavis Album; Princess Entertaining a Visitor on the Balcony (detail), 18th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Bullfight in a Divided RingAttributed to Francisco de Goya, Bullfight in a Divided Ring (detail), The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Market of TrajanMarket of Trajan, 112 CE, Rome, Italy. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • Sokol Metro Station, MoscowK. N. Iakovlev, V. G. Polikarpova, V. M. Andreev, Sokol Metro Station, Moscow. Photo by Richard Anderson.
  • Valley of the Yosemite from Glacier Point (no. 33)Eadweard Muybridge, Valley of the Yosemite from Glacier Point (no. 33), 1872
  • Wearing BlanketNavajo, Wearing Blanket, 1860-1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Dance of the masksDogon Dance of the masks, Danana mask dancer in pursuit of Dyomo mask dancer, Sangha, Mali, 2008. Photo by James Conlon.
  • View of the Gardens, Château de VersaillesView of the Gardens, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France
  • Todaiji Monastery, Nara, Japan. Exterior, Great Buddha Hall.Todaiji Monastery, Nara, Japan. Exterior, Great Buddha Hall. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • Braine, France, Saint-Yved-et-Notre-Dame. Exterior, south transept.Braine, France, Saint-Yved-et-Notre-Dame. Exterior, south transept. Photo by Stephen Murray, from mappinggothicfrance.org.
  • The Creation of the World and the Expulsion from ParadiseGiovanni di Paolo, The Creation of the World and the Expulsion from Paradise, 1445, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Mayapan: Urban Core with Round Temple, Temple of Niches, Castle of Kukulcan, CrematoriumMayapan: Urban Core with Round Temple, Temple of Niches, Castle of Kukulcan, Crematorium, ca. 1260-1440, Mayapan, Mexico
  • The Great Mosque of Mopti, Exterior, Southeast facadeThe Great Mosque of Mopti, Exterior, southeast façade. Photo by James Conlon.
  • Parthenon, Southern Metope 27Parthenon, Southern Metope 27, 447-440 BCE, Athens, Greece, The British Museum. Photo by Ioannis Mylonopoulos.
  • Jantar MantarJantar Mantar, early 18th century, New Delhi, India. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • The Pond - MoonriseEdward Steichen, The Pond - Moonrise, 1904, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Biophon TheaterArthur Wolff, Biophon Theater, 1913, Berlin, Germany
  • Temple of PoseidonTemple of Poseidon, 5th century BCE, Cape Sounion, Greece
  • Sculpture at PersepolisSculpture (detail), 5th-6th century BCE, Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Iran, Mellink Archive (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Zhang Shiqing's tomb, East wall in rear chamber (Liao Dynasty)Zhang Shiqing's tomb, East wall in rear chamber (Liao Dynasty), 1093-1117, Xuanhua Xian, China
  • Ishtar Gate, Babylon: Processional Way, detail of guardian lions on left sideIshtar Gate, Babylon: Processional Way, detail of guardian lions on left side, ca. 575 BCE, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Portrait of Islam Khan MashhadiPayag, Portrait of Islam Khan Mashhadi (detail), 17th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The EpiphanyGiotto di Bondone, The Epiphany (detail), ca. 1320, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Archangel Michael, Capella Palatina, Dome (detail)Archangel Michael, Capella Palatina, Dome (detail), ca. 1150, Palermo, Italy. Photo by Holger A. Klein.
  • Maritime Theater, Hadrian's VillaMaritime Theater, Hadrian's Villa, 118-125 CE, Tivoli, Italy
  • Persimmon (detail)Robert Rauschenberg, Persimmon (detail), 1964
  • Rebus (detail)Robert Rauschenberg, Rebus (detail), 1955, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Yellow Circle (detail)László Moholy-Nagy, Yellow Circle (detail), 1921, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Marquise Casati (detail)Man Ray, Marquise Casati (detail), 1922, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Pendant Mask: IyobaEdo, Court of Benin, Pendant Mask: Iyoba, 16th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Empire (still from film)Andy Warhol, Empire (still from film), 1964
  • Scherzo di FolliaPierre-Louis Pierson, Scherzo di Follia (detail), 1863-66, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Edo-Tokyo MuseumKiyonori Kikutake, Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1992, Tokyo, Japan
  • Nagasawa Rosetsu, Monkeys, late 18th century, Daijoji Temple, Japan. Photo by Caleb Smith.
  • Zhang Shigu's tomb, Playing Music (Liao Dynasty), (detail)Zhang Shigu's tomb, Playing Music (Liao Dynasty) (detail), 1093-1117, Xuanhua Xian, China
  • Moulin de la GalettePablo Picasso, Moulin de la Galette, 1900, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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