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Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

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A man stands in front of a projection of the virtually recomposed painting The Enchanted Pose by René Magritte at The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium on Tuesday. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Exhibit Shows Off Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen's Lasting Works

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Why A Thumb-Sized Stone Is Important To Ancient Greek Art History

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Madga Sayeg's artwork in Mexico City, Mexico Courtesy Magda hide caption

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Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

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Vincent Van Gogh's Olive Trees, made with oil on canvas in 1889. See the shadow cast by that small tree on the far right side? There's a grasshopper lurking in that shade. Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art hide caption

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Left: Johannes Vermeer's Lady Writing, 1665. Right: Caspar Netscher's Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page, 1666. National Gallery of Art, Washington hide caption

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National Gallery of Art, Washington

Dutch Artists Painted Their Patriotism With Pearls And ... Parrots?

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Obama poses with a boy who fell asleep during the White House's Father's Day ice cream social on June 14, 2013. Souza remembers the president calling out, "Pete, you've got to get a picture of this." Pete Souza/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company, New York hide caption

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

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How Should We Build And Design Cities To Make It Tougher For Terrorists To Hurt People?

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The Architecture Behind The Quintessential Haunted House

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Leonard Pickel's design and consulting company has created fright sites for clients all over --from New York City to Australia. Leonard Pickel hide caption

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Leonard Pickel

'We Don't Want To Mess You Up For Life': How A Pro Makes Haunted Houses

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Phillips Collection curator Eliza Rathbone says Renoir was "at the height of his powers" when in he painted Luncheon of the Boating Party. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. hide caption

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The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Guess Who Renoir Was In Love With In 'Luncheon Of The Boating Party'

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Blitt's 2008 New Yorker cover, "Fistbump: The Politics of Fear," was inspired by the rumors that circulated about the Obamas during that year's presidential campaign. The New Yorker via bado-badosblog.blogspot.com hide caption

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

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Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

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Johnny Fox hugs a fan at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This fall, Fox has made a triumphant comeback even as he battles with health issues. Mark Mitton/NPR hide caption

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Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

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Curator Paola Antonelli says the white T-shirt is both timeless and universal. Courtesy Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO/ The Museum of Modern Art, New York hide caption

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We Are What We Wear: Exhibition Examines Clothing That Changed The World

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