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Master's work
Visitors look at the famous artwork "The Gleaners," an oil painting by Jean-Francois Millet, at the National Palace Museum on Friday, April 7.
Most valuable diamond
In this March 29 file photo, the "Pink Star" diamond, the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction, is displayed by a model at a Sotheby's auction room in Hong Kong. The stunning 59.6 carat diamond sold Tuesday, April 4 for HK$553 million (US$71.2 million) at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, setting a record for any diamond or jewel.
Enjoying  'The Great Skate'
Persistence is the key to success. As the old Chinese saying goes, it "takes ten years to sharpen a sword" (十年磨一劍). This adage is especially apt at describing the dedication of children's author James Hugh Gough, who spent five years illustrating and fine-tuning the story of "The Great Skate."
Two shows that are fit for spring
Spring is in the air! Returning from a long holiday weekend, TIFA takes on a more laidback and lighthearted note this week, kicking off with a musical comedy by Godot Theatre Company (果陀劇場) and following up with a contemporary master performing folk melodies on the sitar, an Indian string instrument.
This is how you detect artwork fraud
A painting with problematic pigment. A Chanel suit dressed up with acetate trim instead of silk. A Stradivarius violin that, well, just doesn't sound right.
Uffizi Gallery shows off treasures saved from 2016 earthquakes
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is showing solidarity with Italy's art-rich, quake-stricken Marche region by hosting an exhibit of treasures saved from a series of earthquakes last year.
Key pop art figure James Rosenquist dies at 83
Artist James Rosenquist, a key figure in the pop art movement, has died. He was 83.
Philadelphia Museum breaks ground on Gehry-led expansion
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has broken ground on a $196 million expansion project led by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
French 'human hen' artist has a crack at hatching eggs
The French artist who spent a week entombed inside a rock began an even more bizarre feat Wednesday -- sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch.
Influencing the future direction of design
We often hear that all ideas change the world in some small way, even though not all ideas are "world changing." Still, we need these kinds of small world-changing ideas because the world still needs a lot of changing.
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