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Mark your calendar: "The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy" opens June 3. First introduced in Italy around 1516, the chiaroscuro woodcut involves printing an image from two or more woodblocks inked in different hues. 🎨 For this first major presentation of the subject in the U.S., come see 100 rare chiaroscuro woodcuts along with drawings, engravings, and sculpture. :: image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Mary Cassatt was one of the foremost American artists of the 19th century. Born near Pittsburgh, Cassatt received her early training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. While best known for her mother and child images, she also depicted various aspects of upper-middle-class life, such as scenes of the boudoir and theater. The figure, usually female, always dominates her images. Cassatt was born #OnThisDay in 1844.

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Have you visited #HockneyatLACMA yet? Here's a short clip from @countyofla's recent visit to the exhibition, on view through July 29. @naibereynoso

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It's #GeminiSeason! Tag a fellow Gemini who would appreciate this adorable pair. 🐱 Pictured here: Pair of Okimono in the Form of White Cats, Japan, 19th century⠀⠀

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On May 2, 2018 @gordafaridnet, the first female Naqqal (or Iranian epic storyteller) presented tales behind some of the art in the exhibition "In the Field of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art." On view at until September 9, 2018. Visit our Facebook page for the full video. ⠀

In this video, Gordafarid presents The Story of Rostam and Suhrab.⠀

The battle of Rustam and Suhrab is the most tragic story among the 52,000 rhymed couplets comprising the Iranian epic of the Shahnama. Suhrab, a fabled hero, was the son of a Turanian princess Tahmina and the greatest Iranian hero, Rustam. Rustam left Tahmina after only one night together but gave her an armband to be passed along should their brief union produce a son. Suhrab grew up to become an undefeated warrior like Rustam. When a war was looming between Iran and Turan, these two heroes came to fight against one other, although neither was aware of the other’s identity nor their bond as father and son. They fought for what seemed like an eternity. Eventually, Rustam mortally wounds Suhrab. The dying young Suhrab warns the old champion that one day his father, Rustam, would avenge his death, and only then do they realize their relationship. Suhrab shows his armband to Rustam and he grieves over Suhrab’s wounded body, but it was too late and no one could save his son!⠀

Excerpt from the tale: ⠀
Then Rustam grew distraught, the world tuned black, his body failed; he cried in anguish:⠀
“Where is the proof that you are Rustam’s son? May his name perish from among the greats.⠀
For I am Rustam!” ⠀
Suhrab said:⠀
“She bound this on mine arm ⠀
And said: preserve this keepsake of thy father’s and mark its virtue.⠀
It is mighty now, now when strife is over and the son is nothing to his sire.”⠀
When Rustam saw the armband cried:⠀
“Oh my brave son, approved by all and slain by me” ⠀
“Nay, this is worse and worse,” Suhrab said. “Wherefore weep? What will it profit to slay thyself? What was to be hath been.”

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Meet Prince Furry and Meghan Barkle 🐶 We had our own #RoyalWedding @raysandstarkbar 🎩 tap on our insta story to see more! #BarkyBrunch

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Gertrude Käsebier was born #OnThisDay in 1852. She is best known for her photographs depicting motherhood but was also known for her involvement in Pictorialism. Pictured here: "Profile Study of a Young Woman," United States, circa 1910

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"When I look out upon the ocean, I tremble as if I am holding part of the universe in my hand." — Young-Il Ahn 🌊 Korean-American artist Young-Il Ahn was born in 1934 in Gaeseong. While acknowledged as a child prodigy, Ahn carried out his most prolific work in L.A. since his arrival in the U.S. in 1966. "Unexpected Light: Works by Young-Il Ahn" showcases many works from his best-known series, Water, which was inspired by a near-death incident on the Pacific Ocean in 1983. See the works in person until July 22. Photo by Michael Underwood art © Young-Il Ahn #AsianPacificHeritageMonth

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It's the last couple of weeks to visit @elnumu! Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker's mango-inspired "Zincfonía Tropical" (2013) is the last NuMu presentation. See it before it closes on May 28. #LACMAPlusYou regram via @gadibugatti

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This doggo has one question for you: will you be coming to #JazzatLACMA this Friday? See you this Friday at 6pm 🎶 #DogsofLACMA regram via @bearicano

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How are you making time to be inspired this week? Sketching with pencil is permitted in the galleries unless otherwise noted. We're feeling creative after seeing this young art lover sketching at #TeotihuacanNow, on view through July 15. #LACMAPlusYou regram via @natmoser

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Happy #MothersDay to all moms and mother figures! Pictured here: "Mother with Two Sons," Kita Busei, Japan, 1822

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