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Mannequin with elaborate headdress on left and church setting with religious-themed dress on right (© Vincent Tullo/The New York Times)

Mixing faith and fashion at the Met

See how Vatican treasures, religious art and couture come together in a seamless mix of the sacred and the secular at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Buddha statue going into CT scanner (Freer/Sackler/Staff}

Working together to conserve Asian art treasures

For the first time, three ancient lacquer Buddha sculptures were exhibited at the Freer-Sackler galleries. Research helps ensure they'll last another thousand years.
Fireworks exploding behind cylindrical sculpture (© Wally Skaliji/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

Persia’s Cyrus Cylinder inspires Americans

The glittering Freedom Sculpture in Los Angeles, modeled after the ancient clay Cyrus Cylinder, is just one testimonial to Persian king Cyrus the Great's support for human rights.
Open book and stacks of books (© Shutterstock)

An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.
Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
Young girl looking at large painting hanging on wall (© Ben Hines)

Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.
Three ice skaters (© Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Olympic figure skating: The early years

The evolution of figure skating is linked closely to the modern Olympic movement. The gravity-defying, glamour-loving athletes of today owe their sport to these pioneers on the ice.
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal (© Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

What’s behind those shiny Olympic medals?

Olympic gold medals are among the most prestigious prizes in sports, bringing fame and fortune. But they're mostly silver, and worth just $576 in metals.