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An empty frame stands where Rembrandt's '"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" once was. (Credit: David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later

The largest art heist in history remains unsolved 25 years after thieves stole 13 masterpieces worth $500 million from a Boston museum. So whodunit?

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9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo

On the 540th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the artist often called “the Divine One.”

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Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art

Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.

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The Real-Life Story Behind “The Monuments Men”

Find out more about the unlikely World War II heroes who saved Europe’s art treasures and inspired the film.

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The Saga of Van Gogh’s Ear, 125 Years Ago

Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted.

Olivier Picasso, Pablo Picasso's grandson, poses with a painting entitled L'Homme au Gibus or "Man with Opera Hat," which will be raffled off on December 18, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Million-Dollar Picasso Could Be Yours—For Just $135

This month, a painting by Picasso is being raffled off, for the first time ever online, in order to help a group working to save an ancient city.

An exterior view of Cornelius Gurlitt's apartment building. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

$1.35 Billion in Nazi-Looted Art Found in Munich

German authorities report that 1,400 artworks thought looted by the Nazis have been discovered in a squalid Munich apartment.

Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Isabella d'Este (left) and the recently found painting (right), purportedly by da Vinci as well.

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault.

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Six Things You May Not Know About the Louvre

As the world-famous museum turns 220 years old, here are some surprising facts about its long history.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Picasso

On the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the prolific and influential artist.

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Ancient Egyptian Pigments Gets a Second Chance to Shine

Once used to decorate pharaohs’ tombs, Egyptian blue might have modern applications in cutting-edge telecommunication technologies.

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7 Things You May Not Know About the Sistine Chapel

On the 500th birthday of the Sistine Chapel’s famous ceiling, explore seven facts about the Renaissance masterpiece.

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Has the Original Mona Lisa Been Found?

The owners of a portrait known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa believe Leonardo da Vinci painted their version a decade before his iconic masterpiece.