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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Luncheon of the Boating Party
Impressionism: A Timeline

The Impressionists staged their first exhibition in Paris in 1874 amid a transforming landscape—quite literally.

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Undated photograph of American violinist Nathan Milstein playing a 1716 Stradivarius violin. Undated photo.
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What’s So Special About Stradivarius Violins?

Violins built by the Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari (1644?–1737) have a special mystique in the classical music world. 

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First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920.
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Spotlight: Impressionism

Impressionist painting comprises the work produced between about 1867 and 1886 by a group of artists, headlined by Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir, who shared a set of related approaches and techniques. The most conspicuous characteristic was an attempt to accurately and objectively record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and color. 


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How did opera's greatest soprano lose her voice?
How did opera's greatest soprano lose her voice?
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