The Cone sisters typically forged strong patron-artist relationships, but they were particularly close with Henri Matisse. While working on Large Reclining Nude, Matisse sent 22 photographs of the work in progress to Etta Cone. The Baltimore Museum of Art hide caption

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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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Lillian Bassman's photograph The V‐Back Evenings shows model and actress Suzy Parker having a drink (and some fun) in 1955. Lillian Bassman/Harper's Bazaar hide caption

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Aix-les-Bains, France, circa 1927 Yale Collection of American Literature/Contemporary Jewish Museum hide caption

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The Picture Show

Gertrude Stein Through Artists' Eyes

Gertrude Stein, doyenne of American letters, is the center of two exhibitions in San Francisco.

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Impressionist paintings of Paris often depict a city full of sun-dappled socialites: dancing, shopping, boating and schmoozing. But for painter and art patron Gustave Caillebotte, Paris was a darker, lonelier place. His 1877 work, Paris Street; Rainy Day, shows Parisians making their way down a vast street on a dreary day. (Click enlarge to see the full painting.) The Art Institute of Chicago hide caption

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Former Olympian Gary Morgan runs on a treadmill atop an overturned tank in Track and Field, by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The piece is part of the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Tascha Horowitz/Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art hide caption

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Metsu's 1664 painting A Man Writing a Letter depicts a handsome young scribe penning his correspondence in an opulent study. Roy Hewson/National Gallery of Ireland hide caption

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This 4th century B.C. stone sculpture of Aphrodite, goddess of love, was illegally excavated from Sicily. The Getty Museum purchased it in 1988. In 2007, the Getty agreed to return it — along with 40 other disputed artifacts — to the Italian government. The goddess will be officially installed at her new home — a small museum in Sicily — on Tuesday. AP hide caption

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The Soumaya Museum in Mexico City was designed by Carlos Slim's son-in-law and houses Slim's collection of more than 65,000 pieces. It is dominated by works from European and Mexican artists. Walter Shintani/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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Snapshot Of History: Silkscreened from a newspaper photograph, Glenn Ligon's Hands takes a moment from Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March and strips it of its context. Fredrik Nilsen/Whitney Museum of American Art hide caption

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Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads makes its outdoor debut in New York on May 2. Ding Musa/AW Asia hide caption

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Grover Cleveland, the only President to get married in the White House, married 21-year-old Frances Folsom, above, in the Blue Room in 1886. The blue furniture, as shown in Waddell's painting, Something Blue, is still in the White House collection. Click here to explore the painting. White House Historical Association hide caption

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Captain Hook (left) and her accomplice, Vanessa XKiller, vandalize a bear statue in L.A.'s Griffith Park in the most cozy way possible: with a hand-crocheted hoodie. Stepping back to assess their handiwork, Vanessa concludes, it's "gangster cute." Jennifer Sharpe/via Flickr hide caption

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Herzog was only permitted to enter the caves for one week of filming. Mark Valesella/IFC Films hide caption

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