Close to the Heart
Photographic jewelry, including pocket watches adorned with babies' photos and brooches bearing lovers' likenesses, was all the rage in the mid-1800s. See these keepsakes at the National Portrait Gallery, October 24.
Fritz Scholder's paintings examine his mixed Indian heritage. His works, on view for the first time since his death in 2005, are at the National Museum of the American Indian's D.C. and New York City locations, November 1.
Set in Jerusalem's back alleys and millionaire mansions, Nina Burleigh's Unholy Business, from Smithsonian Books, relates the intriguing story of the Holy Land's most infamous relic, the James Ossuary, as it goes from acclaimed biblical artifact to disgraced modern forgery.
Until now, only maharajahs had seen the garden paintings that festooned the Indian royal palaces at Jodhpur. Starting October 11, the Sackler Gallery showcases 61 of them.
Vision and Verse
Elihu Vedder illustrated his 1884 translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with graceful drawings, now on display in a traveling exhibit beginning November 14 at the Phoenix Art Museum.