Edgar Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is on display at the National Gallery of Art until Jan. 11. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon/ Courtesy of the National Gallery hide caption

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These pastel boxes originally owned by Mary Cassatt were acquired recently by the National Gallery of Art. Click here for a closer look. National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Tom Murphy, San Francisco, 1948 gelatin silver print The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum hide caption

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The Wilshire Boulevard Temple (pictured above circa 1939) was dedicated 85 years ago in 1929. Rabbi Steve Leder says, "This was the Los Angeles Jewish community's statement to itself — and to the majoritarian culture that surrounded it — that 'We are here, and we are prepared to be a great cultural and religious and civic force in our community.' " Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library hide caption

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Albert Paley's iron and steel gates, archways and free-standing sculptures are eye-catching landmarks. His 2010 steel work Evanesce stands in Monterrey, Mexico. "American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley" is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until September. Agencia para la Planeacióndel Desarrollo Urbano de Nuevo León/Courtesy Paley Studios hide caption

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Apples and Cakes (Pommes et gateaux) by Paul Cezanne, 1873-1877. Christie's Images Limited/Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation hide caption

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Yves Saint Laurent works with a model at his Paris fashion house in 1965. A new film follows the designer's rise in the fashion world. Reg Lancaster/Getty Images hide caption

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In 1930, Grant Wood had his sister Nan pose for American Gothic. "The public reaction to the painting was so rough on her that her brother Grant felt bad for her," curator Elizabeth Botten says. Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection/AP hide caption

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Joan Brown's 1970 Self-Portrait with Fish and Cat is the first image you see at the National Portrait Gallery's "Face Value" exhibit. Estate of Joan Brown/Courtesy of George Adams Gallery/National Portrait Gallery hide caption

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In a letter, Mary Cassatt describes working on Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878) with Edward Degas. An X-ray of the painting reveals brush strokes unlike Cassatt's regular strokes. National Gallery of Art hide caption

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