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Blue And White And Mad All Over: 'Chinamania'

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At MoMA, A Look At A Pivotal Moment For Matisse

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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 Feminine Mystique, Expressed In Silks And Satins

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A Dark View Of Dostoevsky On The Moscow Subway

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Audubon's First Print Is Found, Ending Long Search

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Ansel Adams Or Not? The Answer's Worth Millions

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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

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'Radiant Child' A Rare Insight Into Basquiat's Mind

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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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Missing 'Priceless' Artwork? Call Robert Wittman

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Spielberg, Lucas Celebrate Rockwell's Iconic America

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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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Monet The Gardener: Life, And Art, Grow At Giverny

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Philip Mould, 'The Art Detective'

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Veteran Starlyn Lara poses upright in bed, in a photograph for Jennifer Karady's fine-art series. Jennifer Karady hide caption

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Visualizing Memory, Photographing War Stories

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

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Monet's Canvas Cathedrals: A Life Study Of Light

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