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The Cone sisters typically forged strong patron-artist relationships, but they were particularly close with Henri Matisse. While working on Large Reclining Nude, Matisse sent 22 photographs of the work in progress to Etta Cone. The Baltimore Museum of Art hide caption

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The Baltimore Museum of Art

A self-portrait by Rembrandt, valued at $36 million, was taken from the Swedish National Museum in 2000. Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, went undercover — as an authenticator for an Eastern European mob group — to recover it. Swedish National Museum hide caption

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Swedish National Museum

Nike Swoosh Designer Discusses Her Iconic Creation

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A creation of Christoph Niemann's. Christoph Neimann/Greenwillow Books hide caption

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Essence's new Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White Courtesy of Essence hide caption

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Lillian Bassman's photograph The V‐Back Evenings shows model and actress Suzy Parker having a drink (and some fun) in 1955. Lillian Bassman/Harper's Bazaar hide caption

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A Spirited Celebration Of America's 'Cocktail Culture'

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Aix-les-Bains, France, circa 1927 Yale Collection of American Literature/Contemporary Jewish Museum hide caption

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Gertrude Stein Through Artists' Eyes

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Amira Al-Sharif photographs Matt Logan, a regular at Tompkins Square Park in New York City. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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