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Nancy Astor, pictured here in a John Singer Sargent portrait from 1909, represents the 19th-century American feminine ideal: soft, delicate, and clad in European-made clothes. As the 20th century developed, that ideal shifted. National Trust / Art Resource hide caption

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The restored version of "The Gross Clinic," above, is characterized by darker hues that bring the image closer to what Thomas Eakins originally painted in 1875. The Philadelphia Museum of Art hide caption

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Eakins' Classic 'Gross Clinic' Gets Another Look

Have we been looking at the wrong version of Thomas Eakins' "The Gross Clinic" all along? The Philadelphia Museum of Art is restoring the painting.

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A self-portrait by Rembrandt, valued at $36 million, was taken from the Swedish National Museum in 2000. Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, went undercover — as an authenticator for an Eastern European mob group — to recover it. Swedish National Museum hide caption

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Claude Monet bought his house in Giverny seven years after he first started renting it. He worked hard to create the gardens, later featured in his paintings, around his home. Fondation Claude Monet hide caption

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NPR-Corcoran Muybridge Contest: And The Winners Are ...

NPR received nearly 400 submissions to our contest. A light sculpture and massive chain reaction are among the favorites.

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