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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

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

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

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

Nicholas Callaway publishes the Sistine Chapel in closeup.

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

A photograph of the border wall stretching toward a mountain in the distance

The border wall, looking eastward from the Mexican side, toward El Monte Cristo Rey, a mountain where there is no wall, but the rugged terrain deters crossings. The Mexican soldiers who guard the border there, Smith says, sometimes have to rescue stranded or injured migrants. The painted signs attached to the wall read, in part, “Ni delincuentes ni ilegales”: "Neither criminals nor illegals.
Photograph courtesy of Morgan Smith. 

Photographer Morgan Smith ’60 documents life on the precarious precipice between Mexico and the United States.

2.9.21

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