Mapping The Journey Of Classic Works Of Art

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has had several confrontations with Chinese authorities. Beck Harlan/NPR hide caption

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'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

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Senior conservator of paintings Ann Hoenigswald works to fill in elements of Paul Cézanne's Riverbank c. 1895 in the National Gallery of Art's Paintings Conservation Lab in Washington, D.C. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

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Lewis used leftover house paint to brighten the walls of the tiny home in Marshalltown that she shared with her husband. Steve Farmer/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hide caption

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Frédéric Bazille's The Family Gathering has none of the quick, airy brushstrokes his future impressionist peers would discover; but the sunshine is there, as are the bright colors. Musee d'Orsay, Paris/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

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Fearless Girl, the statue installed in front of New York City's famous Charging Bull, got some unexpected company for a few hours Monday: the statue of a dog, with one leg raised as if urinating. Alex Gardega says his Sketchy Pug was intended to support the artist behind the bull, who has been upset his creation's meaning has been co-opted. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The empty frame (center) from which thieves cut Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2010. The painting was one of more than a dozen works stolen from the museum in 1990. Josh Reynolds/Associated Press hide caption

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Basquiat Painting Becomes Priciest Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

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Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled painting of a skull is displayed behind an official with Sotheby's, which offered the media a preview earlier this month. On Thursday, the work sold for $110.5 million — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a work by a U.S. artist. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Correction: What Is The Shell In The 'Birth Of Venus' Painting?

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Sandro Botticelli's Venus was painted after his best known work depicting the goddess, The Birth of Venus. Sabauda Gallery/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hide caption

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A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

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In Search of a New Home is part of Eric Almanza's series of oil paintings depicting the border wall with Mexico. Courtesy of Eric Almanza hide caption

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Chicano Art Wields A Sharper Political Edge In Post-Election California

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The Barmecide Feast, by Simon Birch and KplusK associates (which was co-founded by Paul Kember), recreates the bedroom from the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Courtesy of the 14th Factory hide caption

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LA's 14th Factory Offers A Warehouse Full Of Art And 'Otherworldly' Experiences

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The Charging Bull and Fearless Girl square off in New York City's financial district. Arturo Di Modica, the bull's sculptor, says the girl staring it down has changed the meaning of his work in an unwelcome way. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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French artist Abraham Poincheval sits over real chicken eggs until they hatch at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Stephane de Sakutin /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Artist Incubating Chicken Eggs Is No Joke. But Is It Art?

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Kerry James Marshall, School of Beauty, School of Culture, acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas, 2012 Sean Pathasema/The Museum of Contemporary Art hide caption

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Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

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Thomas Gainsborough's 1785 painting Mr and Mrs William Hallett (The Morning Walk) was attacked at The National Gallery in London on Saturday. Thomas Gainsborough/The National Gallery hide caption

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Raúl De Nieves' billboard-size Biennial contribution, beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end, is made from everyday material like tape, paper, glue and beads. Matthew Carasella/Courtesy of The Whitney Museum hide caption

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From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

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