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When Leonardo da Vinci arrived in France in 1516, he brought three of his own paintings with him — "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne" (left), "Saint John the Baptist" (right) and the Mona Lisa. RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre)/René-Gabriel Ojéda (left) Michel Urtado (right) hide caption

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The Baltimore Museum of Art will buy only works by women next year, as part of a yearlong series exhibiting art by women. Amy Sherald's Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between (2018) is among the 3,800 works by women in the museum's collection. The Baltimore Museum of Art hide caption

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Iran's Lake Urmia has shriveled because of water mismanagement. Photographer Maximilian Mann traveled to northwest Iran to document life in the region. Here, a man walks in what used to be a river to the lake, now just salt. Maximilian Mann hide caption

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Howard Weistling created his comic book A Western out of cigarette wrappers and flattened soup cans while he was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. Morgan Weistling/Morgan Weistling hide caption

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'Like Getting My Father Back': WWII POW's Art Returned To His Family

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People march along the Mississippi River levee in Louisiana on Friday as they perform in a reenactment of the 1811 German Coast Uprising. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Hundreds March In Reenactment Of A Historic, But Long Forgotten Slave Rebellion

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr. On Ben Franklin

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Nesma (left) and Anys are Algerian siblings who came out to each other at a party. They live in Paris, and both identify as queer. "It now makes us stronger and committed together for the queer and Algerian causes," Anys says. Mikael Chukwuma Owunna hide caption

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Host Ophira Eisenberg with Michael McDonald on Ask Me Another at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. Mike Katzif/NPR hide caption

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Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie

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View of the south fields, all works by Mark di Suvero. Left to right: Figolu, 2005–11. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. E=MC2 , 1996-97. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. ©Mark di Suvero. Courtesy Storm King Art Center hide caption

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Sculptor Mark Di Suvero Creates Joy Out Of Steel

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Addario's coverage of maternal mortality took her to a remote village in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan in 2009, where she photographed a midwife giving a prenatal check in a private home. "In these areas someone will announce that a doctor and a midwife are coming, and any pregnant and lactating women within a certain radius come if they want prenatal or postnatal care," she says. Lynsey Addario hide caption

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18th Century Butts, Moving Statues And Other 'Metropolitan Stories'

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William Merritt Chase's 1888 Study of Flesh Color and Gold, pastel on paper coated with mauve-gray grit National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Versatile, Smudgy, Suitable For Women? Exhibition Traces The History Of Pastels

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A life size cut out of Bob Ross stands up against the wall where the historical tree of the Franklin Park Arts Center is painted. Bob Ross Inc. is located in Herndon, Va., which is only 27 miles from the exhibit. According to managing director, Elizabeth Bracey, the exhibit was intentionally kept close to headquarters. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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The Lasting Legacy Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of 'Happy Accidents'

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"You are not so different," squawked Seagull, who flew overhead. "You both cast long shadows." Michaela Goade/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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A Sailor Meets A Fisherman In 1534: It's An 'Encounter,' Not A Discovery

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