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INTELLIGENCE OF THE HAND The print is a collaboration between artist and printer. Each printer or print workshop under the direction of a master...

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BAD DISGUISES 2 In the 1920s, Trotsky was airbrushed out of all photographs that showed him with Lenin. We are by now so familiar...

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ANGELINA BALLERINA My two daughters each had their few years at dance classes, though neither had the drive—nor the parental dedication—to make the transition...

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ANNA PAVLOVA My older sister was a ballet devotee. She accumulated, over the years, at birthdays and as rewards for good schoolwork, a library...

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NOSE Based on a drawing by Picasso, the double breast seen under the armpit. When drawn onto the plate, the condensed milk and Indian...

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OFFICIAL POLICE PORTRAIT Shostakovich wrote his opera, The Nose, based on Gogol’s story, in 1928. Shostakovich was twenty-two years old, just out of the...

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HIS MAJESTY, COMRADE NOSE There is a famous photograph of Lenin, taken early in the October Revolution, standing on the balcony of the Bolshevik...

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BAD DISGUISES I There is a general principle in theatre for working with masks. A mask works by making us focus on everything that...

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PREPARING THE BED The hard ground The clean sheet. The dry point The spit bite The foul bite The hand wipe. The stained blanket...

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CONNOISSEURSHIP The vexed question of the attribution of Renaissance paintings was partly solved by an Italian art historian who developed the idea that instead...

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SKETCHBOOK This is a page of a drawing-book I was using to make notes about the series of etchings. The Nose with a microphone...

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NOSE IN LOVE The Nose follows the familiar route from Titian to Manet, though I cannot remember whose Olympia I was looking at. Postcards...