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History and Memory

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Art has been a medium through which people have not only documented, but also shaped history—both past and future. Periodically, individuals, groups, and societies have also drawn on or appropriated artistic forms of the past to make statements in and about the present. Art can commemorate existence, achievements, and failures, and it can be used to record and create communal as well as personal memories.


BAL_211662, Lienzo of Ihuitlan.jpgLienzo of IhuitlanMexican School, OaxacaART52970, David, Lictors bring Brutus.jpgLictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his SonsJacques-Louis David (French, 1748–1825)Cat 46 Pg 116 Memory Board or Luakasa Luba Zaire .tifMemory Board (lukasa)Luba artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo
ART164189. Lawrence. During the World War there was a great migration North of Southern Negroes Panel 12.tifThe Railroad Stations Were at Times So Over-Packed with People Leaving that Special Guards Had to Be Called in to Keep Order from the Migration SeriesJacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000)ART142359, Velazquez, Surrender of Breda.jpgSurrender of BredaDiego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)
Bridge 115625, Bayeux Tapestry Harold Killed.jpg“Many fall in battle and King Harold is killed” (detail) from the Bayeux TapestryUnknown artist(s), France or EnglandBAL_263827, Alexander Fights the Monster.jpg“Alexander Fights the Monster of Habash” from the ShahnamaUnknown artist, Tabriz, IranBridge, 64228, Battle of Lanka.jpg“Battle of Lanka, between Rama and Ravana, King of the Rakshasas” from the RamayanaRajasthani School, India
Bridge 181094, Trajan’s column.jpgColumn of Trajan Roman artist(s)ART85358, Catlin, Buffalo Bull’s Back Fat.jpgStu-mick-o-súcks, Buffalo Bull’s Back Fat, head chief, Blood TribeGeorge Catlin (American, 1796–1872)
IMG_3522 Berlin Holocaust Memorial.JPGMemorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropePeter Eisenman (American, b. 1932)Corbis, NA001256, Iwo Jima.jpgAmerican Marines Raising American Flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo JimaRosenthal, Joe (American, 1911–2006)4. Slide Projection of former Jewish Residents.psdMulackstrasse 37, Berlin from The Writing on the Wall, Projections in Berlin’s Jewish QuarterShimon Attie (American, b. 1957)
2008.75 Arrows Elk Society Ledger Drawing.jpgUntitled, page number 21, from the Arrow’s Elk Society LedgerArrow (Elk Society), Cheyenne (active 19th century), Central PlainsAttie - Racetrack 02.jpgRacing Clocks Run Slow: Archaeology of a RacetrackShimon Attie (American, b. 1957)
Bridge 77593 Triumphal Arch of Maximilian.jpgThe Triumphal Arch of Maximilian IAlbrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) and othersBR 17701 Marie de’ Medici Cycle by Rubens. Triumph of Marie de Medici at Juliers.jpgThe Triumph of Juliers from the Marie de’ Medici CyclePeter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

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