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Posted on Feb. 21, 2018 by Catherine Hess
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Here, Edward Burne-Jones painted a cave in the background, creating a sense of protection and quiet piety that contrasts with the decorative brilliance above ...
Posted on Dec. 10, 2015 by Catherine Hess
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“What” you might ask “is the work of contemporary artist Alex Israel doing in the Huntington Art Gallery...
Posted on Oct. 24, 2013 by Catherine Hess
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In 1921, Henry and Arabella Huntington purchased what would become the most famous work of art in their collection: The Blue Boy (1770) by Thomas Gainsborough. Its celebrity...

Posted on Aug. 3, 2012 by Catherine Hess
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I feel as if I met Gore Vidal years before I actually did. In 2006 I saw him dining at Musso and Frank’s on Hollywood Blvd. with several young and attractive men. I was star struck. I walked over and...

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Nov. 6, 2019 by Earle Havens and Mark Rankin
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What happens to a religious culture once it is no longer allowed to exist? Where might we look to find the material remnants of a religious community that was gradually suppressed ...
Oct. 30, 2019 by Emily Bell
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I was lucky enough to spend June 2019 as a Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellow at The Huntington, working with the James Thomas Fields Papers ...
Oct. 23, 2019 by Carribean Fragoza
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Carribean Fragoza, a freelance journalist who writes about art in Southern California, focuses in this post on Dana Johnson, writer and associate professor of English ...

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