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Strike 2: Our second attempt at illustrating the plague story — with what we said was a 15th-century image by Jacopo Oddi from the La Franceschina codex depicting Franciscan monks treating victims of the plague in Italy — also turned out be a picture of people with leprosy. A. Dagli Orti/Getty Images hide caption

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Ancient Iraqi Art On Display In Italy At Venice Biennale

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"Hydrant: In the Air," 1963 — "It's significant because it shows us. We were not allowed to go to the public pools. So we opened our hydrant and we cooled ourselves off. But when I saw it and photographed it I made it more than just poor people turning on a hydrant. I'm very proud of that image. And it says a lot to my community. Hopefully when you look at my image you don't see poor people." Hiram Maristany/ Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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This mosaic panel of peonies, made of inlaid iridized glass and bronze, was made circa 1900–1910. The Corning Museum of Glass hide caption

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The Corning Museum of Glass

Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

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This image of the Earth rising over the moon was the first one recovered by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. NASA / LOIRP hide caption

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From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has turned over an ancient vase to authorities after a warrant was issued for its seizure. Above, the museum in May. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Harvey Dunn's 1918 oil painting The Sentry shows a soldier coming up from the trenches. "You see in his eyes what would later become known as the thousand-yard stare," says exhibit curator Peter Jakab. Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

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Art Exhibit Features Chagall's Works For Ballet And Opera

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., announced it would sell 40 works to fund its renovation and endowment, raising concerns from museum organizations that the instiution is treating its collection "as a disposable financial asset." Above, an exhibit at the museum in 2003. Alan Solomon/AP hide caption

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Alice Cooper Finds Andy Warhol Art After 40 Years In Storage

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15-Year-Old CEO Of Mo's Bows Enters Licensing Deal With NBA

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Designer Kenneth Jay Lane, shown in 2010, designed costume jewelry for Hollywood stars, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and viewers of TV's shopping channel QVC. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption

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