Epochs: Where Both Sides Gained

During the 13th century, King Alfonso the Wise produced the first illustrated history of Spain. The rare book showed that just as art may serve as magic, nature's mirror or man's mirth, it is also a priceless visual testament to the past. Seeing history in art fascinates Photographer Bradley Smith, who spent two years in Spain taking pictures of more than 235 art works, from the 20,000 B.C. cave paintings of Altamira to the present-day works of Miró and Picasso.

This colorful calendar of events is an approach that Smith, 56, first...

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