Miles Unger on Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Shock and Awe

An Interview with Miles Unger

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Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon shocked the avant garde when it first appeared — and then shifted the course of art history.

Ancient Modern

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The Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is best known for bringing a powerful vision to bear on physical form and testing its expressive limits.

  Nathaniel Philbrick on Moby-Dick and Herman Melville

Deep Waters

An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Seas and Why Read Moby Dick? spoke to us about why the book is so important and what it can teach us.

  Daniel Mendelsohn on the Odyssey

Homecoming

An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn

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The classicist and acclaimed critic talks about about why the Odyssey has survived for so long.

Late Flowering

Ross King on Claude Monet and Water Lilies

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The great Impressionist kept his late masterpieces, the vast canvasses called the Water Lilies, out the public eye until the end of his life.

Life During Wartime

By Elliot Ackerman

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Xenophon's classic remembrance of the Persian campaign holds disturbing lessons for modern America.

Grandest Opera

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From Giuseppe Verdi's darkest year came a work of sublime power: Nabucco.

La Vie en Rose: Picasso and Au Lapin Agile

By David Norman

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Essential to the development of modern painting were the cheap, slightly seedy cabarets of Paris, where artists in a creative ferment met, drank, smoked tobacco and opium, loved, fought, lost, sang, and in some cases died.

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Written in Stone

An interview with Bob Brier

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Egypt’s obelisks have endured for centuries. Here's how one left the granite quarries of Aswan and ended up on Fifth Avenue.