Smarthistory

Thomas Hovenden's The Last Moments of John Brown (c. 1884) captures the complex and controversial place John Brown holds in American history.

Using traditional Japanese symbolism and art forms, Masami Teraoka shows the horror of the AIDS crisis in American Kabuki (1986).

Reginald Marsh captures the excitement of 1930's Coney Island in his dramatic depiction of a steeplechase, Wooden Horses (1936). Curator Erin Monroe discusses this moment in American…

Robert Rauschenberg was in the middle of creating this portrait of John F. Kennedy when the president was assassinated. Hear Steven Zucker and Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of…

Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris discuss Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus (c. 1485) one of the most popular works at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

 

This famous image is packed with meaning. Find out what each of these objects symbolizes, and how they relate to the overall theme of melancholy.

Giving fascinating insight into a time of turmoil in American history, Dr. Mindy Besaw, curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Dr. Steven Zucker discuss Richard Caton Woodville's…

Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Beth Harris discuss a Court Cupboard (1665-73, red oak with cedar and maple (…