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The painting “Love Potion” features two lovers craning toward each other in a boat on roiling ocean waters.

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The evocative Love Potion

Image courtesy of Alexander Gassel and the Museum of Russian Icons


A blend of Russian Orthodox iconography and mythical motifs


Photograph of earth scientist Andrew Knoll at work in the field

Knoll in the field

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Knoll

Andrew Knoll on the planet’s past—and fraught future

May-June 2021

Portrait photograph of Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead

Photograph courtesy of Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead’s time-spanning, globe-circling new novel

May-June 2021

Photograph of a carved relief showing orator dictating to a scribe, from the fourth-century Roman Temple of Hercules at Ostia Antica

An orator dictating to a scribe, Roman, 4th century, Temple of Hercules at Ostia Antica

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From a huge new book on the history of information, an excerpt on the role of secretaries

May-June 2021

Reproduction of Veronese’s “The Wedding Feast at Cana” (1563), the subject of a new book about art theft by Cynthia Saltzman

Object of Napoleon’s desire: Veronese’sThe Wedding Feast at Cana (1563)

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Recent books with Harvard connections

May-June 2021

Portrait photograph of Marilyn Booth

Marilyn Booth

Photograph by David Levenson/Getty Images

Marilyn Booth translates Arabic literature for Anglophone readers.

May-June 2021

Photograph of someone wearing a Juneteenth T-shirt

Juneteenth pride: commemorating June 19 in 2020, in Greenwood, the site of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre of 1921

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Annette Gordon-Reed on the real history of Texas, and Juneteenth

May-June 2021

An illuminated manuscript page from thirteenth-century Iraq showing two men on a camel arriving in a village, depicted as two-story white buildings with people looking out the windows

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An illuminated page showing Abu Zayd and his friend al-Harith, narrator of the Impostures, arriving in a village, from a copy of the Maqamat (“Impostures”) created in Baghdad in 1237 by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti. No portrait of al-Hariri is known to exist.

Image ©BnF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

Brief life of a master storyteller

May-June 2021

A collage of emblematic figures in American history set against the Stars and Stripes

Illustration by Alex Williamson.

In a new book, Louis Menand probes the cultural currents of postwar America.

March-April 2021