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Articles: Arts

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by Robert Feke

Robert Feke’s rendering of Benjamin Franklin

Courtesy of the Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Dr. John Collins Warren, 1856


Two hundred and seventy years ago, Benjamin Franklin did something highly unusual. He retired.


Photograph courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Manuscript acquired with assistance from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation

Rare and beautiful, then and now: a Byzantine codex at Dumbarton Oaks

March-April 2018

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

March-April 2018

The Pursuit (1771-72), from Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s series The Pursuit of Love, designed for a chateau belonging to Mme. Du Barry, mistress of Louis XV

Painting from Bridgeman Art Library

Recent books with Harvard connections

March-April 2018

While at the CCVA, Renée Green set up grids of images for Code Survey ...

Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts/Harvard University/Renée Green

Renée Green’s exhibition “Within Living Memory” closes her Harvard residency.

March-April 2018

Silhouette by Joseph Cranston Jones from The Tree Named John by John B. Sale, The University of North Carolina Press, 1929

The power and legacy of African-American folktales

March-April 2018

Theresa McCulla in the archives center of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Photograph by T.J. Kirkpatrick

A historian tracks the craft-beer boom, and the evolution of American taste.

March-April 2018

From improvements in supply chain management to milk without a cow, Food-X offers a glimpse of the culinary future.

March-April 2018

Dan Voytas, Calyxt's chief scientific adviser and co-inventor of TALEN, a gene-editing technique

Photograph by Thomas Strand

Scientists are tweaking plant genomes so that food crops grow better, especially under conditions of stress.

March-April 2018