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Raphael’s The School of Athens, 1509–10, contains a rare contemporary portrait of a young Michelangelo: the figure, seated front and center, writing in a notebook. STANZA DELLA SEGNATURA, VATICAN PALACE
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Up the Rome Staircase

Young Michelangelo:
The Path to the Sistine
By John T. Spike
Vendome Press, 272 pages, $27.95 Read More

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Who Was Grant Wood?

A new biography purports to out the iconic American painter. Read More

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How to Catch an Art Thief

A former FBI agent takes readers along on the hunt for stolen masterpieces. Read More

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Manners-ism

A new book on the fine art of diplomacy. Read More

Self-Portrait I, 2009, Self-Portrait II, 2009–10, and Self-Portrait III, 2009, three of Close’s monumental oils. PRESTEL, 2010
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Ready for His Close-Up

Chuck Close: Life
By Christopher Finch
Prestel, 352 pages, $34.95 Read More

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What Made Castelli Run

A new biography paints a well-rounded portrait of legendary dealer Leo Castelli. Read More

“Like being around a herd of otherworldly elephants” is how Saltz described walking around works, like Band, 2006, in Richard Serra’s MoMA retrospective. LORENZ KIENZLE/©2010 RICHARD SERRA/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, GIFT OF ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD
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Separating the Good from the ‘Crapola’

Seeing Out Louder
By Jerry Saltz
Hard Press Editions/Hudson Hills Press,
420 pages, $40
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Novel Approach

The Louvre commissions stories—about itself. Read More

The subject of Young Woman Sleeping, ca. 1654, is Hendrickje Stoffels, Rembrandt’s common-law wife. ©THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM
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Reading Rembrandt’s Shorthand

Rembrandt Drawings
By Seymour Slive
Getty Publications, 260 pages, $49.95 Read More

In an 1882 letter to his brother Theo, Vincent van Gogh included a sketch of his recent watercolor Pollard Willow to help explain his experiments with dark pigments. ©VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM/VINCENT VAN GOGH FOUNDATION
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Reading van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh—The Letters
Edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker
Thames & Hudson, 2,164 pages, $600 Read More

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Art Adventures for Children

New releases range from traditional picture books to hands-on, do-it-yourself kits. Read More