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A Rebel Pioneer of Female Self-Portraiture

19th-century photographic representations of women tend to reflect societal constraints — subservience, commodification, piousness and maternalism. But for Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione, challenging norms became her life’s work.

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A Gold Room Rediscovered

Unexpected discoveries found deep in the collections are one of the joys of working at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Gold Room, or more correctly, Panels from Palace of

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A Rebel Pioneer of Female Self-Portraiture

A Rebel Pioneer of Female Self-Portraiture

19th-century photographic representations of women tend to reflect societal constraints — subservience, commodification, piousness and maternalism. But for Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione, challenging norms became her life’s work.

A Gold Room Rediscovered

A Gold Room Rediscovered

Unexpected discoveries found deep in the collections are one of the joys of working at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Gold Room, or more correctly, Panels from Palace of the Grand Prior, Knights of Malta, Temple, Paris, continues to surprise me, and I have been conserving and researching the piece for nearly 25 years. […]

Artist to Watch: Clarissa Knighten

Sometimes, art serves as a living metaphor for the life of the artist, a physical embodiment of his or her life story. “Lady in Satin,” the last album released by Billie Holiday during her lifetime, contains an exhilaratingly painful rendition of “You’ve Changed.”

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