Marville made more than 425 photographs of the narrow streets and crumbling buildings of premodern Paris, including this view from the top of Rue Champlain in 1877-1878. Charles Marville/Musee Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet hide caption

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An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)

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Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings

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Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald pose for a photo at the Sayre home in Montgomery, Ala., in 1919, the year before they married. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C.

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An American soldier reads a letter from home, while taking a break from repairing a tank tread in Lang Vei, Vietnam, in March 1971. David Burnett/Contact Press Images hide caption

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Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War

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Carnegie ultimately gave away $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. "In bestowing charity the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves," he wrote. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

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This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing

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Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas

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Nearly 100 years after Edouard Manet painted his scandalous 1863 Olympia, Tom Wesselmann created The Great American Nude #26. Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY hide caption

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Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both

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In this 2007 Ellsworth Kelly piece, four separate oil-painted canvases combine to form a single work, Green Blue Black Red. Jerry L. Thompson/Courtesy of Ellsworth Kelly hide caption

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At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases

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A table (Le Dejeuner), an 1892 oil painting by Edouard Vuillard, appears to show a quiet domestic scene. But Isabelle Cahn, the curator of a new show at the Musee d'Orsay, says this painting actually depicts a scandal-ridden household. Courtesy Musee d'Orsay hide caption

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A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art

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Elsa Luisa Maria Schiaparelli, seen here in 1947, rose to fashion stardom in the 1930s. George Konig/Getty Images hide caption

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In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes

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Vaslav Nijinsky as the faun at the premiere of the Ballets Russes' production of Afternoon of the Faun at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in May 1912. Click here to see the full costume. Edward Gooch/Getty Images hide caption

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Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

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The elaborately tiled City Hall subway station in New York City — still extant but now closed to the public, alas — used the Guastavino touch to convince wary city dwellers to head underground for a train trip. Michael Freeman/National Buildling Museum hide caption

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How One Family Built America's Public Palaces

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Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back

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