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The first exhibition of Sri Lankan art held at an American museum opened this month at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka showcases a wide range of Sri Lankan art pieces, from gold, silver, and ivory jewels to 19th-century photographs.
They assumed the canvas was a common copy, and estimated its value at only $5,000 when a Washington, D.C. auction house listed it last year.
One of the most popular and most unlikely art historians the world has known died yesterday at the age of 88. Wendy Beckett, better known as Sister Wendy, brought great art to the masses through her BBC specials and 25 published books.

She looks sideways at the viewer, limpid dark pools for eyes, strawberry curls setting off the flush of her cheeks and lips of faded fuschia. Who is she? She is the Lady in White. More than that, none can say. Sprung from the brush of Tiziano Vecelli, or Titian, she was referred to by the artist as “my most beloved object” and “a portrait of she who is the absolute mistress of my soul.” Some say she is an idealized figure of feminine beauty, others a favorite model, and still more think she is the artist’s eldest daughter, Lavinia, on her wedding day.

It's time for the yearly Art History Babe holiday menagerie! We discuss the history of the menorah, a mystical wild nativity scene, the evolution of Santa Claus, and John Leech's illustrations for A Christmas Carol.
Percoco utilizes discarded materials and abandoned spaces in the built environment often regarded as worthless. But to her, it is precisely because these materials and places are overlooked that allow them to accumulate possibilities otherwise absent in traditional white box art.
Host Jennifer Dasal explores the history behind The Discovery of Pompeii in this episode of A Little Curious.
Through textiles, drawings and comics, Jessica Campbell uses humor to shed light on her experiences and Emily Carr’s, both female artists striving to express themselves in a world dominated by male voices.
British ceramic artist Claire Partington’s site-specific installation Taking Tea is adding a new dimension to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM)’s popular Porcelain Room.
Following years of research, the DMA presents Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow which reunites over 40 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings by the artist and is accompanied by a catalogue constituting the first publication devoted to the life and artwork of Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe (1889-1961).