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Forgotten for two decades, a dusty old canvas hidden in a corner of a small Dutch museum has been revealed as a painting by American artist James Whistler.

"Thanks to chemical analysis and an examination of its origins, we have concluded that we have an authentic Whistler," museum curator Jan Rudolph de Lorm told AFP.

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James McNeill Whistler’s 1871 painting best known as “Whistler’s Mother” depicts an unsmiling matriarch locked forever at age 67, eyes failing, ailing in a damp city, bad teeth hidden behind a set jaw.

Over the years, this mother has been a symbol of either the caregiver who nurtures her children or the grump who raps their knuckles. An exhibit opening Saturday at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., explores Anna McNeill Whistler’s migration from patriotic emblem of American motherhood to comically stern pop-culture icon.

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The Springfield Museums' April Museums à la Carte lectures will start with a screening of 'James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty' on April 2.

The film, directed by Karen Thomas, is a PBS documentary about the life of eccentric painter James McNeill Whistler. He is best known for the painting "Symphony in Grey and Black, No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother", popularly known as "Whistler's Mother."

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After a four-year absence, Winslow Homer's "The New Novel" is finally back on view.

The painting, one of the most recognizable and important paintings in the combined collections of the Springfield Museums, will be on display as part of a new exhibit titled "American Master: Winslow Homer" in the Starr Gallery of the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from Feb. 24 to Sept. 27.

The Homer exhibit runs concurrently with a display of etchings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler from the D'Amour Museum's extensive holdings of 19th century American art, giving visitors an opportunity to view works by two of America's most influential artists.

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Among the hundreds of mostly younger artists taking part in the 2014 Liverpool Biennial, Britain’s biggest festival of international contemporary art, one name stands out: James McNeil Whistler. No, this isn’t some wincingly hip 20-something digital artist, who just happens to share the name of the great 19th century American painter, or who has adopted it as kind of post-modern jape.

This is the actual Whistler, the great proponent of "art for art’s sake", American born and raised, Paris trained, and long resident in London, most famous for painting his mother and his murky views of the Thames at night.

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Scholars have discovered a previously unknown portrait by James McNeill Whistler hidden beneath a painting of a bridge over the River Thames from 1862. The subject is thought to be Whistler’s young mistress and model Jo Hiffernan, who lived with the artist in London for five years. Prior to the discovery, experts believed Whistler created only around six portraits of Hiffernan, including the well-known Symphony in White, No. 1: the White Girl, 1862, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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A major exhibition of paintings and etchings by James McNeill Whistler opens in Washington this weekend—but don't expect to see his mother there.

"An American in London: Whistler and the Thames" spotlights the 19th century American artist's many years in the British capital and his fascination with the storied river than runs through it.

Starting with his vivid depictions of life along the Thames, the show—at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries on the National Mall—progresses to the moody, virtually abstract twilight images, or Nocturnes, that Whistler began creating around 1871.

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Three Texas museums -- the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas -- are adding more than a combined 1,700 high-resolution works of art to the Google Art Project. The Art Project, which is part of the Google Cultural Institute, allows users to virtually explore works of art from international museums, institutions, and archives. Currently, there more than 57,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas paintings to sculpture and furniture.

The Amon Carter Museum has submitted 1,200 images to the Google Art Project, showcasing works by American artists such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. The museum also contributed 200 photographs from its collection. The Dallas Museum of Art submitted around 500 works from its collection including “Sheaves of Wheat” by Vincent van Gogh. The Nasher Sculpture Center, which houses a collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, submitted images of works by Auguste Rodin and Mark di Suvero.

The exceptional quality of the images coupled with the Google Art Project’s custom-built zoom view, allows users to explore the finest details of  each object. Visitors can browse works by artist, title, medium, museum, country, time period, or collection. Virtual guided tours by experts are available on the site so that users can learn more about a particular work or topic.

To view works from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center, visit the Google Art Project.

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In 1912, Charles Lang Freer, founder of the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., put two rare antique biblical manuscripts on public view in his Detroit home. Over 100 years later, the Washington Codex, one of the oldest manuscripts of the four Gospels in the world, and an ancient parchment volume of Deuteronomy and Joshua, are on view in the Freer’s Peacock Room, which was decorated by James McNeill Whistler in 1876.

The last time the manuscripts were exhibited was in 2006, when they were part of a landmark exhibition of Bibles created before the year 1000. Due to their extreme sensitivity to light and fragility, the Peacock Room’s windows will remain shuttered on the third Thursday of each month.

The manuscripts will be on view at the Freer Gallery of Art through February 16, 2014.

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