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In this film, Dr Clare Taylor looks at a work made by a living artist who works in London, Yinka Shonibare. The subject, materials and sites she talks about all encourage viewers to think of their own individual, national and global identity in new ways. Learn more about the work with our teaching resources.

Dr Susie West explore a Victorian parterre, a 1680s sundial and a monumental altar of 1748, part of 300 years of design in the garden.

Susanna Brown, curator of Photographs at the V&A, discusses striking blue nature studies by Anna Atkins, one of the world's first female photographers. Learn more about the work with additional resources.

Dr Anne Pritchard considers how Renoir used a sumptuous blue dress to bring the nineteenth-century Paris art world face to face with modernity.

Sarah Couslon, curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, discusses how Hanging Trees addresses issues of borders, land rights and the natural environment.

Professor Gill Perry explores House - a sculptural installation made by British artist Rachel Whiteread in 1993 and commissioned by the arts charity Artangel.

Susanna Brown, curator of Photographs at the V&A, discusses Beaton’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation day. Learn more about the work with additional resources.

Emily Hannam brings the Mughal court to life in her discussion of paintings from the Padshahnama (‘Book of Emperors’) housed in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Learn more about the work with additional resources.

Catherine Whistler (Keeper of Western Art) discusses a curious work likely by Michelangelo Buonarroti of The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist from the sixteenth century and now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Learn more about the work with additional resources.

Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean brings to life a Japanese scroll, and what it reveals about the lives of courtesans in nineteenth-century Japan. Learn more about the work with additional resources.

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