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Post image for How Chagall, Sendak, Hockney, and Other Artists Staged the Fantasies of ‘The Magic Flute’

As an opera where a colossal snake and enchanted instrument play a pivotal role, perhaps it’s no surprise Mozart’s The Magic Flute inspired some fantastic set and costume designs since its debut in 1791.

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Post image for The Best Art Books to Read for Free on the NYPL’s New eBook App

The New York Public Library just released a iPhone and Android app that lets anyone with a library card freely download any of the 300,000 eBooks in its collection.

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Post image for Listening to Archived Sounds Amid the Stacks at the New York Public Library

Up on the second floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, you might hear the rising notes of opera faintly ringing from a card catalogue, or see people wearing headphones at the ends of the sheet music aisles.

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Post image for New Database Builds a Biographical History of Photography

The New York Public Library has launched an incredibly handy new tool for anyone conducting photography-related research or simply interested in exploring the history of the medium through the lives of its practitioners.

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Post image for The First Woman Photographer Captured the Elegance of Algae

Algae is graceful and light in the ocean, swaying with the waves like hair in the wind.

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Post image for Ancient Erotic Dreams and Explicit Scenes in the New York Public Library Collection

Eroticism has always had a rich presence throughout art history.

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Post image for New York Public Library Releases 180,000 Images, and Invites Users to Remix Them

This week, the New York Public Library announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution.

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Post image for Isadora Duncan in Watercolor, by the Artist Who Painted Her Thousands of Times

At the Paris studio of Auguste Rodin in 1906, Siberia-born American painter Abraham Walkowitz met modern dancer Isadora Duncan.

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Post image for Remembering Forgotten Female Printmakers from the 16th to 19th Centuries

In the 19th century, Henrietta Louisa Koenen, wife the Rijksmuseum Print Room’s first director, took a prescient interest in acquiring prints by women artists.

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Post image for NYC Public Libraries Get Largest Funding Increase Ever

In a deal on the fiscal year 2016 budget struck late Monday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced an extra $39 million for the city’s libraries.

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