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Posted on May. 20, 2020 by Catherine Hess
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A beloved painting on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery has stolen hearts on a regular basis ...
Posted on May. 6, 2020 by Catherine Hess
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The orange glow of the setting sun washes over the low-lying clouds and almost matches the rosy cheeks of the two young women in the foreground ...
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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May. 5, 2021 by Lisa Blackburn
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Experts on nomenclature—from Madison Avenue marketing executives to the parents of newborn babies—have long believed that choosing the right name can make all the difference ...
Apr. 22, 2021 by Natalie Russell
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Archives are full of mysteries. Many manuscripts are undated. Often letters are addressed to first names and signed with initials. Accurately identifying and describing an item can be a research project...
Apr. 19, 2021 by Giovana Romano Sanchez
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Featuring the work of 30 emerging and under-recognized artists from the greater Los Angeles area, "Made in L.A. 2020: a version" presents mirroring exhibitions at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington—as...

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