Arts & Culture

How Art Education Changed From the 1800s to Today

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Whether in France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, America, or anywhere in the modern world during the 1800s, the entire nature and way in which art...


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  • Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2014.  (Richard Termine).

    The Mass and Requiem at Mostly Mozart

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  • Gianina Carbunariu, one of the brightest stars in Romanian theatre today. (MIRCEA ROSCA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A painting by Peter Koenig titled "Temperance" in mixed media on pine. (courtesy of the artist)

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