Patriotic Demonstration by Giacomo Balla

Patriotic Demonstration by Giacomo Balla

What’s going on in Giacomo Balla’s painting Patriotic Demonstration?

– Rome rallies to join World War I
– Disembodied limbs dance across canvas
– Italian flags aflutter

Nude Descending a Staircase No 2 – Marcel Duchamp

Nude Descending a Staircase No 2 - Marcel Duchamp

How did Duchamp’s painting Nude Descending a Staircase No 2 set the art world ablaze?

– Abhorred and adored all at once
– Nudity without critical comprehension
– Changing a turn of the century outlook