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Current FeatureFrom Farm to Table
Go on a delicious adventure to learn about food-related artworks from around the world.
Recent FeaturesThe Lasting Impression of French Impressionism
Learn what made French Impressionism so radical in the late 19th century and so influential in subsequent times.
The Art of Realism
What's real? See for yourself how five artists represent the reality of their - or other - worlds.
Flying horses, monkeys, and money bring this tree to life - forever!
Identity and Prestige in Mayan Textiles
Discover how the designs of Mayan textiles from Mexico and Guatemala communicate identity and status.
Dear Diary—Never Since We Left Prague
Discover the intriguing world of the painter Leonora Carrington.
Don't Knock Wood
Explore the versatile art of wood from around the world.
Lew Alcindor, basketball player, 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, May 2, 1963
This photograph embodies the stories of two superstars-artist and athlete.
These five diverse artworks represent stories about peace
Japanese Samurai Armor
This 400-year-old Japanese suit of armor is beautiful and ready for battle.
Art and the Court of Burgundy
Explore art of medieval France in "The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy," a special exhibition at the MIA, January 23 to April 17, 2011.
Bella Coola Frontlet
This ceremonial headdress was created in a rich environment and culture.
Math in Art
Discover the many ways artists use math in creating their masterpieces.
Korean Dragon Jar
A playful dragon communicates the artistry of a Korean ceramic tradition.
The Art of Identification
Discover the different ways artists identify themselves on their works of art.
Theseus Slaying the Centaur Bianor
In this sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, ancient Greek art meets 18th century artistic trends.
Experience the art and look at the life of Edgar Degas.
Asmat Bis Pole
Discover the two worlds of the Asmat – one of the living and one of the spirits.
Each making art in a different way, the artists featured here all added something to the story of Minnesota.
Special stitches and symbolic images tie this quilt together.
You Are What You Wear
Five artworks that show how the things you wear tell about who you are.
Miao Festival Outfit
For the Miao people of southwestern China, nothing is more valuable, or more telling, than their elaborate, handcrafted festival wear.
How do we honor our leaders? This sculpture is fit for a king.
See how artists make the ordinary extraordinary.
In most games there are winners and losers—and sometimes cheaters.
Animals in Art
Artists show their love of animals.
Imagine wearing a stylish Japanese kimono.
Money and Trade
Spending and saving through times and places.
An abstract bird soars in fanciful flight.
It's About Time
These five artworks have time on their side.
Weather or Not
Weather is a popular topic for discussion. It’s also a favorite subject for artists.
Pedernal-From the Ranch #1
An artist shows us her favorite place through a unique lens.
Art of the Apsaalooka
Horses are honored for the changes they have brought to life on the Great Plains.
Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints
Layers of artistry form "pictures of the floating world."
Learn about the animals of the Arctic.
Music and Art
Colorful sounds abound in these five works of art.
Paul Revere Tea Service
Discover the artistry of a famous patriot.
A pillow like this could mean a good night of sleep - and good luck for its owner.
Goya's Self-Portrait with Dr. Arrieta
A painter thanks his doctor for saving his life—by painting a portrait.
Drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, and collages - Henri Matisse was a master artist like no other.
Getting from Here to There
Five artworks show us different ways to get around.
Asante Kente Cloth
A West African tradition weaves together colors, symbols and status.
Building a Museum
The dreams of Twin Cities art lovers of a century ago continue to take shape.
See what happens when artists set out to change our view of reality.
Insects in Art
Even the smallest creatures can inspire artists.
Italian Half Armor
This Renaissance soldier’s armor was designed to keep him alive—and fashionable.
Kuba Yet Belt
Shapes and patterns reinforced the power of a Kuba king in central Africa.
Explore the diverse American landscape through the experiences of five artists.
Lakota Winter Count
Pictures held the key to history for the Lakota people of the Great Plains.
Ink Tablet in the Form of a Tortoise
Learn why this little tortoise was such a prized possession for a Chinese scholar.
Around the World at the Time of Columbus
Let art take you on a journey around a world about to change forever.
Everything Under the Sun
Everyone, everywhere and in every time, has experienced the sun. See how ideas about the sun have appeared in art from a variety of cultures.
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
Discover the art of bookmaking.
Japanese Tiger and Dragon
Two powerful animals represent the forces of the universe.
American Period Rooms
Recreations of historical rooms offer a glimpse into the lives of five American families.
Virgin and Child in a Landscape
A 15th century painter saw spirituality everywhere in the world around him.
Beauford Delaney's Untitled
Take a look at a painting that marks a transition in an artist's career.
Color My World
Compare how five artists from around the world used color to communicate.
Chinese Scholar's Study
Discover a place to connect with nature through poetry, painting, and music.
Village Story Blanket
An embroidered blanket tells the story of traditional Hmong life.
View of Fort Snelling
A simple landscape tells the story of Minnesota's early history.
African Masks and Masquerades
Learn the meanings behind the masks. French translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.
Portrait of an Older Woman
A close look at a portrait of an unknown Roman woman reveals more than just what her face looked like.
A shirt created to honor a Plains Indian warrior tells the story of a changing way of life.
The art of India, birthplace of three major religions, provides an introduction to a fascinating culture.
Learn about Max Beckmann's depiction of a favorite wintertime activity. German translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.
Art of the Ancient Americas
The people of the ancient Americas were as varied as the landscapes they lived in, but their art has some qualities in common. Spanish translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.
With All Due Respect
People everywhere have used art to honor someone they admire. Compare five examples to explore a variety of ways art can express respect.
Portrait of George Washington
Meet George Washington–general, president, and symbol of a nation. Spanish translation available under "Related Activities" inside this issue.
Find Yourself Face to Face
Get familiar with faces found at the museum.
A Sense of Place
What gives meaning to a place? How does an artist create a sense of place? Explore these questions through five artworks from different times and cultures.
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