Artist Janice Lowry regarded the notebooks as “126 chapters of a memoir.” Her life’s journey, chronicled in her diaries, ended Sept. 20, 2009, when she succumbed to liver cancer.

Drawn From Life

Artist Janice Lowry's illustrated diaries record her history—and ours

Did artist Verrocchio delegate two figures in his Beheading of St. John the Baptist to his prize pupil Leonardo da Vinci?

Looking for Leonardo

Are figures in a Florentine altar panel attributed to Italian artist Andrea del Verrocchio actually by Leonardo da Vinci?

Anne Truitt in her Twining Court studio, Washington, DC, 1962.

Anne Truitt’s Artistic Journey

Balancing the two lives of a Washington, D.C. sculptor—1950s hostess and emergent artist

Brian Jungen is an installation artist who has a gift for seeing images in mundane objects.

One Man’s Trash is Brian Jungen's Treasure

Transforming everyday items into Native American artwork, Jungen bridges the gap between indigenous and mass cultures

Jean Shin has a new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum called, "Jean Shin: Common Threads."

Q and A: Sculpture Artist Jean Shin

The artists creates sculptures from castaway objects such as old lottery tickets and broken umbrellas

The 1974 discovery of buried vaults at Xi'an filled with thousands of terra cotta warriors stunned the world.

Terra Cotta Soldiers on the March

A traveling exhibition of China's terra cotta warriors sheds new light on the ruler whose tomb they guarded

The Madonna’s dress was of the costumes most severally damaged by the poor lighting in the barn, which faded the color of her gown from pink to white. The restorer’s solution was not to discard the original dress, but instead to reverse it, so that the gown’s back is now its front.

A Creche Reborn

In rural Connecticut, a 300-year-old nativity scene is brought back to life by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head, 1974/1989-1990.

Roy Lichtenstein: Making History

A well-known sculpture works its way back from 9/11 damage

Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers

Bernini's Genius

The Baroque master animated 17th-century Rome with his astonishing sculpture and architecture


A Sculpture's Crash Landing at the Royal Academy

The painted replica of a c. 490 B.C. archer (at the Parthenon in Athens) testifies to German archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann’s painstaking research into the ancient sculpture’s colors. The original statue came from the Temple of Aphaia on the Greek island of Aegina.

True Colors

Archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann insists his eye-popping reproductions of ancient Greek sculptures are right on target

President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned the double eagle in 1905. He later pronounced the gold piece to be “the best coin that has been struck for 2,000 years.”

Golden Grail

Few U.S. coins are rarer than the never circulated 1933 double eagle, melted down after the nation dropped the gold standard

Easter Island

The Statues of Easter Island

A riddle of engineering hasn't stopped archaeologists from debating how the giant carved stones were transported around the island

Angkor Wat

The Grandeur of Angkor Wat

The 12th century temple is the worlds largest religious structure and a jewel of Khmer architectural style


Impromptu Ice Sculptures


The Gates of Paradise

Panels from the Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti tour the U.S. for the first time

Ólafur Elíasson's The Weather Project, Turbine Hall of Tate Modern

A Room with a View

Art for the Masses

"Bad Boy", oil on linen, 66 inches x 96 inches by Eric Fischl

Always Something There to Remind Me


Modern Sculpture at the Getty

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