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Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

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New Exhibit Shows Off Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen's Lasting Works

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Why A Thumb-Sized Stone Is Important To Ancient Greek Art History

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Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

Madga Sayeg's artwork in Mexico City, MexicoCourtesy Magdahide caption

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Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

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The Grasshopper In The Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh's Olive Trees, made with oil on canvas in 1889. See the shadow cast by that small tree on the far right side? There's a grasshopper lurking in that shade.Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arthide caption

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Dutch Artists Painted Their Patriotism With Pearls And ... Parrots?

Left: Johannes Vermeer's Lady Writing, 1665. Right: Caspar Netscher's Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page, 1666.National Gallery of Art, Washingtonhide caption

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Dutch Artists Painted Their Patriotism With Pearls And ... Parrots?

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

Obama poses with a boy who fell asleep during the White House's Father's Day ice cream social on June 14, 2013. Souza remembers the president calling out, "Pete, you've got to get a picture of this."Pete Souza/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New Yorkhide caption

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

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How Should We Build And Design Cities To Make It Tougher For Terrorists To Hurt People?

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The Architecture Behind The Quintessential Haunted House

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'We Don't Want To Mess You Up For Life': How A Pro Makes Haunted Houses

Leonard Pickel's design and consulting company has created fright sites for clients all over --from New York City to Australia.Leonard Pickel hide caption

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'We Don't Want To Mess You Up For Life': How A Pro Makes Haunted Houses

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Guess Who Renoir Was In Love With In 'Luncheon Of The Boating Party'

Phillips Collection curator Eliza Rathbone says Renoir was "at the height of his powers" when in he painted Luncheon of the Boating Party.The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.hide caption

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Guess Who Renoir Was In Love With In 'Luncheon Of The Boating Party'

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Blitt's 2008 New Yorker cover, "Fistbump: The Politics of Fear," was inspired by the rumors that circulated about the Obamas during that year's presidential campaign.The New Yorker via bado-badosblog.blogspot.comhide caption

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

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Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

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Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

Johnny Fox hugs a fan at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This fall, Fox has made a triumphant comeback even as he battles with health issues.Mark Mitton/NPRhide caption

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Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

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We Are What We Wear: Exhibition Examines Clothing That Changed The World

Curator Paola Antonelli says the white T-shirt is both timeless and universal.Courtesy Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO/ The Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkhide caption

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We Are What We Wear: Exhibition Examines Clothing That Changed The World

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