Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor, is born

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Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

The nearly 230 artifacts in this exhibit were thought to be lost forever, casualties of the years of warfare, looting and destruction that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Instead most of them had been secretly hidden in crates in the Central Bank within the presidential palace in Kabul.

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Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci Online

Games, resources, and exhibitions dedicated to uncovering da Vinci’s life and thoughts.

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Tate Online

The Tate (Britain, Modern, Liverpool, St. Ives) holds the national collection of British art (1500-present) and of international modern art. The site is fully interactive with a robust search tool for art as well as articles, apps, blogs, and video channels.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum website is a colorful, comprehensive collection of over 3,000 of the museum's digitized works that includes an online calendar showcasing different artwork for each day of the month.

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National Gallery of Art

The site spans a wide variety of topics with in-depth studies, online tours, podcasts, and videos of artists, media, and movements from exhibits housed in the National Gallery of Art. Discover highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections with Your Art app for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 36,000 objects. In this database you will find records for all of the objects in the collection.

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Art and Life in Africa Online

African works of art in the context of the lives of African peoples.

  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

    The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Grant Wood

    This lesson encourages close study of Wood's painting, American Revolution primary sources, and Longfellow's poem to understand the significance of this historical ride in America's struggle for freedom. By reading primary sources, students learn how Paul Revere and his Midnight Ride became an American story of patriotism.

  • Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción and the Spanish Mission in the New World

    Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción de Acuña, San Antonio, Texas, 1755.  Convento and church at dusk.

    In this Picturing America lesson, students explore the historical origins and organization of the Spanish missions in the New World and discover the varied purposes these communities of faith served.