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Masterpiece: The portrait of Beatrice Cenci, the muse and the myth

Just as contemporary crowds flock to the Louvre today to catch a glimpse of DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa,” during the 19th century, there was one painting that stood out amidst all the rest as the most captivating work of the “Grand Tour.” The artwork, falsely identified as Guido Reni’s 1599 portrait of Beatrice Cenci attracted visitors from all around the globe and spawned numerous copies. Writers such as Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville all documented their journey to Rome to see the painting.


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'New Work for Goldberg Variations' is an elaborate masterpiece

Choreographer Pam Tanowitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein tackle Bach’s equally canonical and intricate “Goldberg Variations” in a collaborative piece entitled “New Work for Goldberg Variations.” Tanowitz’s company performed the new piece this past weekend at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.



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'Colette' fails in its biopic purpose for 'Claudine' writer

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette In the present moment of the Time’s Up movement, Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the Trump presidency at-large, the age-old narrative of man silencing woman is especially resonant.




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Chee’s ‘How to Write an Autobiographical Novel’ impresses

Dartmouth professor and best-selling novelist Alexander Chee’s new book “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel" is a collection of 16 chronologically ordered nonfiction essays. It is simultaneously a deep dive into Chee’s craft, a political thinkpiece, a memoir and a call to action.




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Dada Masilo's "Giselle" is not a "pretty ballet"

Shortly after the curtains opened, South African instrumentals and the voices of Dada Masilo’s dancers overtook the first notes of Adolphe Adam’s original composition for “Giselle.” The dancers were splayed and widely stanced in silhouette against a gray-green William Kentridge illustration of South African marshland.