Many nations have adopted origin stories in order to link themselves more closely to heroic, historical figures.
The popular paint pigment called “mummy brown” used to be made from—yep—ground-up Egyptian mummies.
Behind the slapstick antics in this beloved comic strip simmered ambivalence about color and race.
Artists may soon be heading to the moon for the first time, but art and space travel have been linked together since the beginning.
A tour of the Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán’s house and studio reveals a surprise with a touch of the divine.
In the 1950s, Walt Kelly's comic strip about a cute opossum named Pogo was syndicated by over 450 newspapers. It was also frequently censored.
What has made this slow, quiet television show about antiques the sleeper hit of PBS? One scholar describes the show as enacting near-religious rituals.
In 1939, Dole Pineapple Company sent Georgia O’Keeffe to Hawaii for three months in order to produce works that could be used in their advertisements.
Precisionism, a modernist art style that emerged in the early 20th century, glorified the machine age, all but erasing the presence of people.
Herman Melville likely saw the panorama “Whaling Voyage,” which records the sinking of the whaler Essex, while staying in Boston in 1849.