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When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

Over the decades, they've tracked down looted paintings and manuscripts, and rescued artwork after natural disasters. These days, they're salvaging centuries-old works in Italy's Amatrice quake zone.

New Head For Jesus Statue Is, Uh, Turning Heads In Canada

Last year, baby Jesus' head went missing from a statue at a church in northern Ontario. A local artist volunteered to help and sculpted a terra cotta substitute that has caused some consternation.

Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York

On sunny December day in Manhattan, the great German painter had been on his way to an exhibit featuring his latest self-portrait when he died. Now, that painting is back in the city where he left it.

Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he's loved looking at, including one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.

Preserving Rosa Parks' Detroit House, In Germany

Rosa Parks' niece, Rhea McCauley, teamed up with artist Ryan Mendoza to move the civil rights icon's Detroit home to Berlin in order to save it from demolition.

2 Stolen Van Goghs Recovered By Anti-Mafia Police In Italy

The two paintings — of a seascape and of a congregation at a churchwere stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. "They are the real paintings!" a curator said in a statement.
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At Smithsonian African American Museum, A Washington Painter Gets His Due

A groundbreaking abstract artist who has lived in D.C. since the '60s, Sam Gilliam has a new large-scale work in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Some say it's the kind of recognition he has deserved his entire career.

'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

Behold The Throne: There's A Golden Toilet At The Guggenheim

Museum-goers, prepare for "unprecedented intimacy with a work of art." Starting Friday, visitors will be able to use Maurizio Cattelan's America, a gold-cast, working toilet at the New York museum.