Art & Artists


The Pinhole Point of View

A new generation of photographers is pushing the artistic possibilities of the simple, old-fashioned technique of taking pictures through a hole in a box

The Ferengi (left) and Borg (right) designs, both developed by Westmore for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Beauty and the Beasts

Coming from a long line of tortured but brilliant makeup artists, Michael Westmore has put the past behind him, boldly going where no one has gone before


The Timeless Art of Crafts


Petal Power


The Grandeur That Was Rome

A new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases the Eternal City as the artistic and cultural capital of 18th-century Europe


A Unique Home for Cutting-edge Art

MASS MoCA, the nation's newest and largest center for the contemporary arts, has brought a blue-collar New England town back to the future


In Praise of Pianos and the Artists Who Play Them

Chartres Cathedral

Beasts on High

Breck Girls


Martin Johnson Heade: An American Original

A master of light, atmosphere and mood, the 19th-century artist is now recognized as one of this country's great Romantic painters

Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

An Act of Faith and the Restorer's Art

Just two years after a devastating earthquake, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi reopens its doors

Paris by Brassai, Postcard

Brassaà: The Eye of Paris

From mist-shrouded monuments to gritty street scenes, the 20th-century photographer Brassaà created a compelling portrait of cosmopolitan life


Strawmen and Beastie Boys


A Masterpiece Born of Saint Anthony's Fire

Matthias Grünewald's 16th-century Isenheim Altarpiece glorified suffering and offered comfort to those afflicted with a dread disease


The Many Faces of Gustave Moreau

The 19th-century French painter infused his diverse works with exoticism and poetic imagination


Tantalizing Turquoise

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


Sculpture Blossoms in a New Garden on the Mall

The National Gallery of Art has given the people a park for all seasons and all ages


Reds versus Whites

A masterpiece in porcelain replays old struggles between Bolshevik and Czarist opponents

Designing Women

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum continues to expand the mission of the sisters who founded it

Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth (1908)

Beyond the Blue: The Art of Maxfield Parrish

A master of make-believe, he enchanted millions with his own vision of paradise

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