Peter Paul Rubens: Samson and Delilah, 1609.

Carved giltwood mirror, one of a pair, Piedmont, c. 1750.

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Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787)

Work: Largo from Trio Sonata in C Major (1746)

Performer: Musica Antiqua Köln; conducted by Reinhard Goebel

Roman mosaic floor panel, 2nd century A.D.

The rectangular panel represents the entire decorated area of a floor and was found together with another mosaic in an olive grove at Daphne-Harbiye in 1937. In Roman times, Daphne was a popular holiday resort, used by the wealthy citizens and residents of Antioch as a place of rest and refuge from the heat and noise of the city. American excavations at Daphne in the late 1930s uncovered the remains of several well-appointed houses and villas, including the one that contained this mosaic. At its center is a panel (emblema) with the bust of a woman, decked out with a wreath of flowers around her head and a floral garland over her left shoulder. Traditionally identified as Spring, the figure is probably the representation of a more generic personification of abundance and good living, well suited to the luxurious atmosphere created at Daphne by its rich patrons.

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Haydn - Violin Concerto in C, H.VIIa No.1 - Adagio molto (Arr. f. Violoncello by Kay Maisky)

Mischa Maisky, cello

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

This concert was written in the 1760s, possibly 1765.

Guido Reni: Drinking Bacchus, c.1623.

The Venus Kallipygos in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, a late 1st century BC Roman marble statue, thought to be a copy of a Greek bronze from around 300 BC.

Diego Velázquez: The Fountain of the Tritons at Aranjuez, 1657.