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Chase exhibited this painting in 1884 under two different titles — The Young Orphan and later, At Her Ease. On loan from the National Academy Museum at The Phillips Collection hide caption

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On loan from the National Academy Museum at The Phillips Collection

Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America's Masters

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The Noordbrabants Museum's Hieronymus Bosch exhibition was so popular that the museum kept the show open around the clock for its final weekend. Marc Bolsius/Courtesy of the Noordbrabants Museum hide caption

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Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

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Looking Back On How The National Gallery Of Art Got Its Start 75 Years Ago

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Raby (left) and Ralph Abernathy at City Hall in Chicago, in 1965. Courtesy of Bernard Kleina hide caption

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Courtesy of Bernard Kleina

When King Came To Chicago: See The Rare Images Of His Campaign — In Color

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Mother/Ballroom, by June Leaf c. 1978. Pen and ink, fiber-tipped pen, graphite pencil, rubbing, and colored pencil on paper, 27 × 21 in. Collection of the artist. Alice Attie/June Leaf hide caption

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Artist June Leaf, Still Moving Fast At 86

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Longtime art collectors Mera and Don Rubell started collecting pieces by artist Keith Haring in 1981. (All three are pictured here in 1989.) The couple rarely considers selling artwork. Charles Dolfi-Michels/Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection hide caption

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For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)

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"In nature everything is so uniquely itself ... and there is a pace to the natural world and a genius to the natural world that arises out of that state of being." — Boyd Varty Marla Aufmuth/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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What Wisdom Can We Gain From Nature?

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The Oculus cake now being sold by the new caterer running the SFMOMA's upstairs cafe. The cake was inspired by the distinctive tower at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is similar in design and spirit to a cake prepared by Caitlin Freeman and her baking team for a museum event several years ago. (See below.) Connor Radnovich/ Courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle hide caption

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The Mellon Family And The Start Of The National Gallery Of Art

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Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

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The artist Robert Cenedella, who is now 76 now, in his studio in the early in his career. Robert Cenedella/Courtesy of Cavu Pictures hide caption

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'Art Bastard': A Rebel With A Canvas

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