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.

Immortal Bird

By Guy Jennings

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A noted art historian explains the mythic and modern urges behind the iconic sculpture.

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