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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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Oct. 16, 2019 by Bill Brown
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In the summer of 1919, from the pages of the Oakland Tribune, Professor Albert Porta predicted a "terrific weather cataclysm" for December 17—an event that would end the world ...
Oct. 9, 2019 by Usha Lee McFarling
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The Huntington has joined an ambitious effort to collect and preserve the biodiversity of all species on Earth ...
Oct. 2, 2019 by Lauren Rodriguez
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With his back turned to us, a mechanic is the focal point of Hugo Gellert's painting Worker and Machine (1928), currently on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art ...

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