An editorial that critiqued Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as “silly remarks.”

My Great-Great-Grandfather Hated the Gettysburg Address. Now He’s Famous For It

It's hard to imagine anyone could pan Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, but one cantankerous reporter did just that

Two centuries after Shakespeare's death, a lowly law clerk named William Henry Ireland forged the Bard's signature and a seal that convinced skeptics.

To Be...Or Not: The Greatest Shakespeare Forgery

William-Henry Ireland committed a scheme so grand that he fooled even himself into believing he was William Shakespeare's true literary heir

Rossetti identified the subject of his Lady Lilith painting as Adam's first wife—"the witch he loved before the gift of Eve." The work (1866-68) was altered in 1872-73 to please patron Frederick Leyland. The original model was Rossetti's lover Fanny Cornforth.

Incurably Romantic

For much of the 20th century, Britain's Pre-Raphaelite were dismissed as overly sentimental. A new exhibition shows why they're back in favor

Of various portraits identified with Shakespeare, only the Chandos portrait (above) is believed painted from life

To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare

While skeptics continue to question the authorship of his plays, a new exhibition raises doubts about the authenticity of his portraits

"Last Days of Pompeii" depicts an artist's rendering of the catastrophic final hours of Pompeii as the citizens were buried alive in ash.

Resurrecting Pompeii

A new exhibition brings the doomed residents of Pompeii and Herculaneum vividly to life

In most Akan states, gold-ornamented sandals identify a ruler. It is taboo for a chief to walk barefoot; to do so, followers believed, would invite disaster.

West African Gold: Out of the Ordinary

The inventive goldwork and royal regalia of Ghana's Akan people —on display in a new exhibition— are drawn, strikingly, from daily life


Modigliani: Misunderstood

A new exhibition positions the bohemian artist's work above even his operatic life story


Prescient and Accounted For

A century after his death, novelist Jules Verne, who imagined Moon flight and deep-sea voyages, looks more prophetic than ever


Impressionism's American Childe

A new exhibition of works by Childe Hassam, a pioneering interpreter of the French style, highlights his "incorrigibly joyous" break with the past


Salem Sets Sail

After the Revolutionary War, ships from a little Massachusetts seaport brought the new nation wares from China and the mysterious East

The "Turkish Room" was created from pieces of the interior of a 19th-century Damascus mansion.

Doris Duke's Islamic Art Retreat

The Honolulu hideaway built by "the richest girl in the world" is now a museum showcasing her unique collection of Islamic art

"Dean of Weird Menace Art" John Newton Howitt's "River of Pain", done in 1934 for Terror Tales, is the only one of his pulp paintings known to survive. The rest were destroyed.

Guys and Molls

Bold, garish and steamy cover images from popular pulp-fiction magazines of the 1930s and '40s have made their way from newsstands to museum walls

A handful of residents (including Claire and Bill Hale) still summer on Peddock's. The couple, passionate advocates of the island's tranquil beauties want the park service to preserve at least one cottage as a museum.

Shore Thing

In the new Boston Harbor Islands national park area, city dwellers can escape the madding crowds

The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Egypt's Crowning Glory

New Kingdom customs rise triumphantly from the dead in "The Quest for Immortality," a dazzling display of treasures from the tombs of the pharaohs

The "Rainbow Portrait" of Queen Elizabeth I, painted in the early 17th century.

Reign On!

Four centuries after her death, Good Queen Bess still draws crowds. A regal rash of exhibitions and books examines her life anew

"This is the energy of American culture at its most useful and exuberant," says Philadelphia architectural historian George Thomas, 58, of motels like the Caribbean, whose vintage style is echoed in the 2001 renovation of the Starlux.

Doo Wop by the Sea

Architects and preservationists have turned a strip of New Jersey shore into a monument to mid-century architecture. Can they keep the bulldozers at bay?


Stieglitz in Focus

A new exhibition at Washington's National Gallery of Art tracks the development of seminal photographer Alfred Stieglitz

Tracy Clune (foreground) and cousin Aine Clune reaped benefits from a five-month on-camera experiment in homesteading.

Home on the Range

A new public television series transplants three American families to the frontier West of 1883, without electricity, running water or visits to the mall


Just Folk

From samplers to sugar bowls, weathervanes to whistles, an engaging exhibition heralds the opening of the American Folk Art Museum's new home in Manhattan

Rural Studio architecture in Alabama

Class Act

In Alabama, students turn tires and bales of hay into striking architecture for the poor

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