In 1800, when the tapestry cap was made, Aleppo was a major textile center, dotted with workshops where silk was woven and crafted. This 1873 photograph shows a Muslim man and woman from the region. Courtesy of The Textile Museum hide caption

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From Aleppo, An Artifact Of A Calmer Age

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During World War II, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones for 15 minutes every week on NBC radio. Courtesy of Phyllis Jeanne Creore Westerman hide caption

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WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar

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Ravi Shankar circa 1960 in the U.K. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

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Edward Hopper is well-known in the U.S. for paintings such as Nighthawks (1942)pensive, lonely portraits of people sitting together yet alone. He was less well-known in France, but an exhibit of his work at the Grand Palais has drawn impressive crowds. The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection/Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago hide caption

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Hopper's Lonely Figures Find Some Friends In Paris

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In 1955's Daddy Long Legs, Leslie Caron plays a French orphan who goes to college thanks to help from an anonymous, American benefactor (Fred Astaire). Cat's Collection/Corbis hide caption

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Leslie Caron: Dancing From WWII Paris To Hollywood

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A 'Splendid Table' Set With Mama Stamberg's Relish

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Roy Lichtenstein leaves it up to the viewers to decide what has just transpired in his 1964 painting of a tense phone call titled Ohhh ... Alright ... Estate of Roy Lichtenstein hide caption

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One Dot At A Time, Lichtenstein Made Art Pop

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Alfredo Ramos Martinez painted Head of a Nun, tempera on newspaper, in 1934. Gerard Vuilleumier/The Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project, Reproduced by Permission hide caption

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Print-Inspired Art: All The News That's Fit To Paint

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Blessed with athleticism and skill, actor-dancer Gene Kelly always managed to look like a regular guy having a lot of fun dancing. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

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Edward Hopper's wife, Josephine N. Hopper, served as his model for 1952's Morning Sun. Columbus Museum of Art/Howald Fund hide caption

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Hopper's Pensive Lady In Pink Travels The World

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A girl prepares a meal by candlelight in Jammu, India, during the massive blackout last week. Channi Anand/AP hide caption

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India's Blackout A Reminder Of How Far We've Come

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Architect Eliel Saarinen's First Christian Church (1942) helped launch a design revolution in Columbus, Ind. Nearly 30 years later, as part of that same movement, sculptor Henry Moore created the 20-foot-tall Large Arch as a piece of art that could be walked through and around. Chris Smith/Columbus Area Visitors Center hide caption

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Columbus, Ind.: A Midwestern Mecca Of Architecture

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Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot's Red Bowl installation in Beauvais, France, recalls the way lepers once bathed in animal blood in an effort to cure themselves and avoid being ostracized to the one-time leprosarium where the installation is located. Courtesy of Cao | Perrot Studio hide caption

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Reflective Art Brings Light, Color To Historic Spaces

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Lucy Hessel, depicted above at the seaside in 1940, was Vuillard's friend, muse and lover for more than 40 years. She was also the wife of art collector and Vuillard supporter Jos Hessel. Vuillard was with Hessel when he died in June 1940. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles hide caption

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Vuillard: A Parisian Painter And His Jewish Patrons

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15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers

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