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Head and torso of a man painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

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(1of 4) Details from The Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s ceiling

Photograph © Vatican Museum

Arts

Nicholas Callaway publishes the Sistine Chapel in closeup.

2.9.21

Solomon Gate in an open position.

Solomon Gate in its typical open position

 

At Houghton and Lamont libraries, a creative new entry into the Yard

March-April 2021

Purple spruce cones

Photograph by William (Ned) Friedman

Re-engaging with nature alongside the director of the Arnold Arboretum

March-April 2021

A detailed 1598 map of Iceland, with monstrous sea creatures in the surrounding waters and polar bears on ice flows.

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Image courtesy of the Harvard Map Collection

The era of imaginative mapmaking

March-April 2021

Artist Shen Wei in his studio amid his large-scale abstract paintings

Shen Wei in his New York studio, 2014

Photograph by Jeffrey Sturges

“Shen Wei: Painting in Motion,” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

March-April 2021

Photo of the entrance to the Peabody Museum

Peabody Museum

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Daderot

“We must begin to confront the reality of a past in which academic curiosity and opportunity overwhelmed humanity,” Harvard president Lawrence Bacow wrote. 

1.28.21

A photograph of art historian Cassandra Albinson next to a photograph of a portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour applying pink rouge to her cheeks

Cassandra Albinson

Photograph by Stu Rosner; Painting: Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1750) by François Boucher/Courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles E. Dunlap

A curator takes a fresh look at portraits of aristocratic European women.

January-February 2021

Philanthropist Edwin Binney with Helen Willard, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection

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(1 of 4) Edwin Binney with Helen Willard, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, at the exhibition opening for “The Romantic Ballet” in 1966. 

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Brief life of a philanthropic art collector: 1925-1986

January-February 2021

An historic photograph from Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library archives shows the 1936 exhibition on women scientists—in this case, folders of their published scholarship.

Photograph of the exhibit courtesy of Schlesinger Library/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

“Women in Science” on display

January-February 2021