Articles by Joseph A. Harriss

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Ireland Unleashed

A booming economy has fueled prosperity, transforming a society long burdened by oppression and poverty

Chagall's Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Elusive Marc Chagall

With his wild and whimsical imagery, the Russian-born artist bucked the trends of 20th-century art

The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States and the cost of about four cents an acre was a breathtaking bargain.

How the Louisiana Purchase Changed the World

When Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, he altered the shape of a nation and the course of history

American Will Thompson (with his take on Goya's Young Woman with a Fan) has been copying at the Louvre since 1994.

Master Class

Like generations of painters before them, artists from around the globe go to Paris to copy the masterpieces at the Louvre

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Strange Bedfellows

A new exhibition tracks the turbulent nine weeks that artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived and painted together in the South of France

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Very Verdi

One hundred years after the maestro's death, the Italian composer reigns, very operatically, in the hearts of music lovers everywhere

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The Divine Sarah

Bewitching her admirers around the world, Sarah Bernhardt dazzled audiences as she pioneered the cult of celebrity

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The Pygmalion of the Avant-Garde

Mustard

For the Love of Mustard

Across the continents, the market for this crowd-pleasing condiment is booming

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Tantalizing Turquoise

The brilliant blue-green gemstone, prized by admirers from ancient times to our own, commands a booming, billion-dollar market

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Seeking Mona Lisa

Temptress or icon of innocence, cult figure or cultural archetype, Leonardo's mysterious madonna has intrigued us for 500 years

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Timeless Tweed

On the Hebrides Isle of Harris, weavers are still producing their sought-after textile

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I Owe Them a Lot; They Taught Me the Love of Work

From boilermaking to fixing up an angel's wing, Les Compagnons hone marketable skills in a medieval brotherhood brought up to date

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