The Case of the Disappearing Frescoes

Or how a mustachioed Barcelona artist foiled an elaborate plot to spirit Catalonia's priceless Romanesque paintings away from their homeland


Olowe of Ise--Sculptor to Kings

Richard Diebenkorn in his studio in 1986

A Window on a World of Shape and Color

Richard Diebenkorn always sidestepped the hype; now, his art is saying it all


Imperial Japan's Artistic Legacy

This Holocaust remembrance sculpture stands outside the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Art That Turns Life Inside Out

Casting friends and family in plaster, George Segal creates "environments" that bring inner reality to the surface


Time Out--Sports in Art


The House that Art Built

Money is no object for the Getty Trust, as it builds its collections and does good works around the globe. Now it has a new home overlooking Los Angeles


The Art of Stanley Spencer


Go West, Moran

A lifetime of painting the country's natural treasures was this tenderfoot's destiny


Picasso Takes on the Masters

A book by Susan Galassi explains why the artist with an eye on the future kept returning to the art of the past


In Praise of Shadows

Artfully balancing them is just one of the tricky tasks faced by designers of museum lighting


The Riddle of the Carolina Bays


When Light Meets Water: Monet on the Mediterranean

Grain Elevators [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

A Heartland Artist Who Broke the Old Regionalist Mold

Two current exhibitions prove that, although Charles Burchfield's watercolors are set in specific places, these works know no boundaries


The Faith of the Byzantine World Is Alive at the Met

There was no room for doubt in the Second Golden Age, as embodied in the ivories, enamels, jewels, silks and other treasures


Let Us Now Praise the Romantic, Artful, Versatile Toothpick

Flirting, scale modeling, putting on the dog — through the ages, the device has been used for a lot more than dental hygiene

Joseph the Carpenter, 1642, Louvre

From Darkness Into Light: Rediscovering Georges De La Tour

Long forgotten after his death in 1652, he is now embraced by the French as an icon; an exhibition touring this country shows why

Dancers, 1900, Princeton University Art Museum

Edgar Degas's Last Years—Making Art That Danced

An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago proves that, contrary to popular wisdom, the Impressionist master just kept getting better


When Cubism Met the Decorative Arts in France

From side tables to the dazzling dress designs of Sonia Delaunay, a new exhibition at the Portland Museum in Maine surveys the scene


Package Design: the Art of Selling, All Wrapped Up

When competition for customers' attention gets ferocious, that bottle, carton or can is a lot more than just another pretty face

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