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Private Museums of the Past and Present
Some of the most beloved works of art can still be found in private collections both in the United States and abroad. I will discuss some notable private museums and their founders.

Mirrors and Vanity in Art
A mirror is a symbol of human vanity and gazing at one's reflection can be found in Greek mythology, as well as Renaissance and Baroque art. I will discuss artists' portraits of self and ego.

Gender Bending in Art
Breaking gender norms does have a history in the story of art. I will discuss the Dada movement and beyond, along with artists portraying themselves as transgender or of an ambiguous identity.

Oedipus Myth in Art

The Grotesque in Art
Reacting to 'perfection' found in art during the Renaissance, artists with different notions created frescoes and garden architecture to mimic the grotesque. I will discuss these artists as well as their inspirations.

Mortals Transformed into Nature
Greek mythology abounds with stories of desire, lust, and exploitation. Some humans were saved by gods and turned into trees as a foolproof escape. I will discuss Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' as well as other tales depicted in art.

The Devil and Hell in Art
With life's uncertainties it is natural to question good vs bad, causing us to look introspectively at our lives and choose right over wrong. I will discuss artists who reflect on this subject through their art.

Cats in Art
The domestic cat is the subject of many online videos and photos. I will discuss its evolution as well as the cultures that express their fondness artistically for this beloved feline.

Clouds in Art
Gazing up at the sky and clouds is a relaxing pastime. You may not know artists throughout history have expressed their unique interpretations of these universal objects.

Harems in Art
As a popular subject for 19th c artists, there are misconceptions and falsehoods associated with the mysteries of the harem.

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