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Venetian Carnival Masks as Art
The annual Venetian Carnival or 'mardi gras' begins two weeks before Ash Wednesday. I will discuss the history 'behind' the illustrious masks worn by partygoers in Venice.

Lauder Gift of Modern Art to Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC is 'encyclopedic' in that it can exhibit over 5,000 years of art history. Adding to their fine collection of modern art is Leonard Lauder's gift of 78 Cubist paintings.

'Expulsion from Garden of Eden' in Art
In the Book of Genesis, the Biblefs first book, man and woman are expelled from the Garden of Eden. I will discuss paintings by: Masaccio, Michelangelo, and Thomas Cole - artists who painted this biblical theme.

Vermeer Art Created from Smoke & Mirrors?
Artist David Hockney has been critical of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, saying he may have 'cheated' by projecting and tracing images onto his canvas. I'll explain the camera obscura and how contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Abelardo Morell use technology to produce their art.

Fashion Designers Reinterpret Art Masterpieces
If art is beauty and beauty is art, then it shouldnt be shocking when fashion designers reinterpret art masterpieces by using the colors and layout intended by the artist. I will discuss works by Manet and Vermeer, and the fashion houses: Christian Dior and Valentino.

Controversy Over Ownership of Warhol Painting
In 2013 a court battle ensued between actor Ryan ONeil and lawyers for Farrah Fawcett over an Andy Warhol silkscreen portrait of the popular 'Charlie's Angels' star.

Van Dyck Saving a UK National Treasure
A splendid self portrait by the 17th century Flemish artist Sir Anthony van Dyck may be sold to a foreign source unless a UK buyer can raise 12.5m by 2014, thanks to a temporary export ban.

Sylvester Stallone Exhibits Paintings in Russia
Sylvester Stallone is an action hero who is hard to dislike. The exhibit includes his abstract paintings, photos, and self portraits. Ill discuss this popular actors art exhibit in Saint Petersburg,Russia.

Most Famous American Expatriate Artists
As there may have been hundreds of American artists living in Europe during the late 19th century, I will discuss only three: Whistler, Cassatt, and Sargent.

Treasures of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In 2013 it was announced by the FBI in Boston that they have identified those responsible for stealing priceless artwork in 1990. On a recent visit, I searched for 'other' hidden treasures.

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