The Art Assignment

Explore Vermeer's masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring up close, and see how it's different (and not) from a high-res 3D print of the painting. We visit the Mauritshuis in The Hague and…

Learn about 17th Century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings by recreating a lavish spread of fine cheeses, pretzels, and the trappings of the good life.

When Banksy shredded his artwork the moment after it sold at auction, he left many questions unanswered. What are we to make of the stunt?

Forget the hype and experience the art and history that Detroit offers up in spades. We visit the Diego Rivera mural, Heidelberg Project, MOCA, abandoned buildings, and much more.

Are artists really more tortured than the rest of us? Let's consider this myth and the studies that assess whether there might be a link between creativity and mental illness.

What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick? We look at the history of artists recreating the world as we see it and ponder why it's still happening.

Can you separate the art from the artist? This one's In honor of all the art you used to love, and it's creators who ruined it by behaving badly. We talk Picasso, Nanette, cats out of bags, and…

Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time, but was also an inveterate womanizer and misogynist. Let's cook our way through moments in Picasso's life and process our conflicted feelings.…