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A statue of surgeon J. Marion Sims is taken down from its pedestal in Central Park on Tuesday. A New York City panel decided to move the controversial statue after outcry, because many of Sims' medical breakthroughs came from experimenting on enslaved black women without anesthesia. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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As artist David Hockney recovered from a minor stroke, he decided to paint portraits of his friends. The result is "82 Portraits and 1 Still-life," an exhibit now on view at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima/LACMA hide caption

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What's It Like To Pose For David Hockney? We Asked The People In His Portraits

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New York's Metropolitan Museum Announces Max Hollein As New Director

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A 2017 congressional committee report singled out this picture of Donald Rumsfeld as one example of the high cost of official portraits. Unveiled in 2010, after Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense had ended, this official image — Rumsfeld's second — cost more than $46,000. Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The oil painting Cider Making by William Sidney Mount is on display at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 758. Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966 hide caption

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Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966

Jasper Johns, pictured in his New York City studio in 1964, was known for transforming common objects like flags, numerals and archery targets into unsettling paintings. Bob Adelman/© Bob Adelman Estate hide caption

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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

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Erich Berger and Mari Keto have made radioactive jewels, part of their Inheritance Project, that are unwearable by humans — and remain locked in a concrete vault equipped with radiation measurement devices. Courtesy of Erich Berger hide caption

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During a customs check of a bus along a highway outside Paris, agents found a stolen Edgar Degas painting inside a suitcase. None of the passengers would claim it. Marc Bonodot/French Customs/AP hide caption

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Standingwith French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen, Christopher Bromberg and Henrietta Schubert, grandchildren of Henry and Hertha Bromberg, view Flemish painter Joachim Patinir's Triptych of the Crucifixion, which was returned to them Monday by the French state. Didier Plowy/Ministère de la Culture hide caption

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France Hopes Exhibit Of Nazi-Stolen Art Can Aid Stalled Search For Owners

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Two self-portraits by Rembrandt, painted two years apart, are on display at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging/Courtesy of Norton Simon Museum hide caption

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'He's Not A Leading Man': A Casting Director On Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

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French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen, wearing a red scarf, visits two rooms of the Louvre filled with 31 paintings recovered after World War II. She conducted the visit Monday with the museum's president, Jean-Luc Martinez. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former President Barack Obama and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Behind The Obama Portraits: Artists Put Their Own Spin On A Presidential Tradition

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Artist Amy Sherald Discusses Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

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