Portrait of a Boy is one of three Rembrandt paintings in Simon's collection. If Simon had had his way, there would have been four; the Metropolitan Museum of Art outbid him for Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. The Norton Simon Foundation hide caption

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Norton Simon: The Best Museum You Haven't Visited

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CC4 Nocagions, currently on display at the the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, was conceived in 1973 by Brazilian artists Helio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida. Visitors are invited to swim in the pool, and the museum even sells $16 disposable bathing suits in case you've come unprepared. Iwan Baan hide caption

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Art In A Pool: L.A. Museum Goers Take The Plunge

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Celebrating The Phillips Collection's 90th Birthday

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Wafaa Bilal implanted a webcam in the back of his head. The camera is taking a picture a minute for a year, and the images are being streamed live at Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art. Wafaa Bilal hide caption

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A Surgically Implanted Camera And More At New Arab Art Museum

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The Ghent Altarpiece, or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, completed in 1432 by Jan van Eyck, is considered the first great painting of the Renaissance. Click here to see a larger version of the piece. Hubert Eyck/The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Is This The World's Most Coveted Painting?

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From the exhibition "Fresh Flowers," a drawing created by artist David Hockney with the creative tool that's been fascinating him lately -- the iPad. Untitled, 10 July 2010 is one of hundreds of digital works showing on 40 screens in the Paris exhibition, which runs through Jan. 30. David Hockney hide caption

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In Paris, A Display From Hockney's Pixelated Period

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Steve Martin, seen here at an American Museum of Natural History event in November, has had an ugly experience at New York's 92nd Street Y. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Smithsonian Under Fire For Gay Portraiture Exhibit

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Central Park In The Fall is a 2010 work by "Painter of Light" artist Thomas Kinkade. The park, Kinkade writes, "is a place where a quick cab ride lets you escape the big city and immerse yourself in nature's brilliant color palette." Thomas Kinkade hide caption

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Dark Times Befall 'Painter Of Light' Thomas Kinkade

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