On 29 May 1606, Caravaggio killed (possibly unintentionally) a young man named Ranuccio Tomassoni. The circumstances of the brawl remain shrouded in mystery, although several contemporary newspapers referred to a quarrel over a gambling debt and a tennis game.
A proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality, Rubens is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.
In 1964, a 15 foot by 12 foot stained glass window by Marc Chagall was donated to the United Nations to commemorate Dag Hammarskjöld, who served as United Nations Secretary-General from 1953 until his death in 1961. The stained glass memorial contains many symbols representing themes of love and peace.
Jasper Johns is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker associated with Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, and Pop art. His early works were composed using simple schema such as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers. In 1980, the Whitney Museum of American Art paid $1 million for Three Flags (1958), then the highest price ever paid for the work of a living artist.
Widely regarded as the first epic feminist artwork, The Dinner Party functions as a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. It consists of 39 elaborate place settings arranged along a triangular table for 39 mythical and historical famous women, including Sacajawea, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Empress Theodora of Byzantium, Virginia Woolf, Susan B. Anthony, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics, Eva Hesse is associated with the Postminimal art movement. Hesse is one of the first artists who moved from Minimalism to Postminimalism. Arthur Danto distinguishes it from minimalism by its "mirth and jokiness" and "unmistakable whiff of eroticism".
When Jeff Koons was commissioned to create a piece for Arolsen Castle in Germany, the result was Puppy, a 43 ft (13 m) tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy, executed in a variety of flowers, including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias.