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What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

NPR's Scott Simon wonders if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani might have appreciated a moment to gaze at the many works of art in Rome's Capitoline Museum, rather than seen the naked statues boxed up.

Art Forgery Trial Asks: Were Dealers Duped, Or Did They Turn A Blind Eye?

In 2011, New York City's oldest gallery was accused of selling paintings it now admits were forgeries. Plaintiffs say the gallery overlooked glaring problems with the paintings' backstories.

Boston Museum Acquires First Painting Frida Kahlo Ever Sold

Kahlo painted Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) in 1928 and sold it in 1929. Conservators at the Museum of Fine Arts say the maids in the portrait may have cared for Kahlo after a violent car crash.

Massive Cover-Up: Nude Statues In Italy Deemed Too Racy For Iran's President

Works of art at a museum in Rome were covered up before a visit this week by President Hassan Rouhani, and nobody claims to know who gave the order.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

When a company named Astrobotic launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It's a lightweight, sturdy "portrait of humanity," carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

Encore: Artist Makes It Big With Adult Coloring Books

As adult coloring books hit the bestseller list on Amazon, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to illustrator Johanna Basford. This story originally aired on April 1, 2015, on All Things Considered.

Artist Ellsworth Kelly, Master Of Colorful Abstraction, Dies At 92

Kelly was recognized as one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. He died Sunday afternoon, leaving behind pieces in nearly every major museum of modern art.

With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

Early in his career, Stella's goal was to not depict anything. In 1958, he notoriously achieved that. Since then, Stella has continued to push the possibilities of his art.

Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish?

Artist Rogan Brown peers into the invisible worlds of microbes, then uses their forms as the inspiration for large paper sculptures that seem at once familiar and profoundly alien.
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Deborah Voigt: "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions Of A Down-to-Earth Diva" (Rebroadcast)

Deborah Voigt started singing as soon as she could talk. She eventually became one of opera's most sought after performers. But struggles with weight and addiction plagued her. A conversation with opera singer Deborah Voigt.