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Could you sing the same note over and over again for hours? That’s what artist Thomas Eakins asked of Weda Cook in his portrait “The Concert Singer” to watch the action of her mouth and throat. But he didn’t stop there. He wrote the opening bars of the song into the picture frame. See it for yourself in our galleries now.”The Concert Singer,” 1890–92, by Thomas Eakins

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Could you sing the same note over and over again for hours? That’s what artist Thomas Eakins asked of Weda Cook in his portrait “The Concert Singer” to watch the action of her mouth and throat. But he didn’t stop there. He wrote the opening bars of the song into the picture frame. See it for yourself in our galleries now.

The Concert Singer,” 1890–92, by Thomas Eakins

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Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day

To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.

Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.

“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”

After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.

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Staff Pick:Vincent van Gogh is known for his dreamy, impressionistic works (as well as for cutting off his own ear). Here he demonstrates his masterful use of color in this portrait of a young boy. The same shade of blue that is used in the boy’s eyes also makes up his cap, highlighting the deep and pensive expression despite the warm colors of his complexion and the background. A twinge of melancholy resonates with the viewer. The painting is like a rainy summer day when, despite the warmth of the color or the season, clouds still hang over the sky—in shapes like the boy’s droopy hat.“Portrait of Camille Roulin,” 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh is known for his dreamy, impressionistic works (as well as for cutting off his own ear). Here he demonstrates his masterful use of color in this portrait of a young boy. The same shade of blue that is used in the boy’s eyes also makes up his cap, highlighting the deep and pensive expression despite the warm colors of his complexion and the background. A twinge of melancholy resonates with the viewer. The painting is like a rainy summer day when, despite the warmth of the color or the season, clouds still hang over the sky—in shapes like the boy’s droopy hat.

Portrait of Camille Roulin,” 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh