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.

  Photo of Jimmy Dean

Muppet Maestro

An Interview with Bryan Jay Jones

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Jim Henson's greatness lay in his ability to speak at the same time to adults and children, the aesthetic and the commercial, the human and the artificial.

Kafka, Scorsese, and More

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Kafka’s insistence that “it's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves” may be the best diagnosis of Trump yet.

Rick Knowlton on Chess History

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Chess: it's the game of kings. For millennia it has preoccupied some of the greatest minds, taught discipline and focus, and even inspired great art.

Da Vinci's Genome

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Jesse Ausubel wants to understand the original Renaissance man by unlocking his genome. If he succeeds, it could revolutionize several fields in science and elsewhere.

How to Train Your Butler

The head of the International Butler Academy explains how to survive in service.

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The head of the International Butler Academy explains how to survive in service.

The Da Vinci Code

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We might be closer than ever to understanding what made the original Renaissance man such a genius.

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.