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Today in 1846, the U.S. declares war against Mexico. This 1839 map shows the country's borders shortly before that time. View artifacts from the war like guns, gold and great illustrations, thanks to the National Museum of American History:

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Happy birthday to Thomas Gainsborough, born on this day in 1727. Featured Artwork of the Day: Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788) | Wooded Landscape with Cottage, Cows and Sheep | ca. 1770

Friday see the Met’s collection through contemporary artist Phong Bui’s eyes. He will discuss works of art that have influenced his own work. Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and publisher of “The Brooklyn Rail.” Free with Museum admission: Wall painting from Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale | ca. 50–40 B.C. | Roman

Untitled Tuesday: What would you call this digital work ($419) by Dijon-based artist Patrick Gonzales? Browse more art in our Parlez-Vous Français collection:

Featured Artwork of the Day: Jean-Baptiste-François Bosio (French, 1764–1827) | Portrait of Maria Gaet - Agnesi | n.d.

82nd & Fifth: CINEMATIC by Helen Evans One of a group, this plate may have been used in elaborate dinners where it was a competition as to who could most accurately fill in the dramatic narrative. “One doesn't tend to think of silver plates as being quite as emotionally involving,” says curator Helen Evans. View a slideshow of a group of Byzantine plates depicting biblical figures including David: Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath | 629–630 | Byzantine

“Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters' 75th Anniversary” is now on view. This exhibition of some 40 works of art will invite audiences to see the Unicorn Tapestries anew, as the finest expression of a subject widely treated across cultures, from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance. The Unicorn Defends Itself (from the Unicorn Tapestries) | 1495–1505 | South Netherlandish

Check out this enthralling painting by One To Watch artist Grażyna Smalej entitled "Urban Park" ($3,000):

‘Cat’, Gwen John, c.1904-8 | Tate

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Artists advanced their careers, painting their models and muses in black dresses redolent of worldly elegance as seen in “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.” The color black, ever-versatile as a fashion choice and the ultimate test of an artist’s ability to render nuances of light and dark, vivified sitters ranging from hostesses who entertained the literary greats of the era to the sitters of artists and friends. Don’t miss this exhibition on view through May 27. Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) | The Parisienne | ca. 1875 | Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Ever wonder what it takes to conserve and preserve art? Conservators and conservation scientists made many exciting discoveries as they and the curators re-examined the Museum’s collection of Islamic art. “Making the Invisible Visible” presents some of their most interesting findings. Damascus Room | dated A.H. 1119/ A.D. 1707 | Syria, Damascus

Featured Artwork of the Day: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) | St. George and the Dragon | n.d.

Camille Doncieux (Monet’s mistress and later wife) appears in five paintings in “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,” modeling the latest fashions. Can you ‘follow the dots’ and find her in the same day dress?

We're loving "Will That Be Two Lumps or Three" ($475) by Canada-based artist Brian Barrer. Explore our latest collection of originals for $500 and under:

Check out "This Moment" ($650), a recent pen & ink drawing by Australian artist Loui Jover from our Originals $1,000 & Under collection:

There are only two weeks left to see “The Path of Nature.” This exhibition of fifty paintings reveals a rich tradition of painting out of doors nearly a century before Impressionism and includes examples by numerous painters who are thought to be represented in no other American museum. Eugène-Joseph Verboeckhoven (Belgian, 1798–1881) | Mountainous Landscape with Bridge

Featured Artwork of the Day: Life of the Buddha: The Birth of the Buddha | early 15th century | Japan

Work of the week: Chichester Canal by Joseph Mallord William Turner | Tate

This isn’t the first time we’ve experienced undue weather (and surely won’t be the last). 1816 was the Year Without Summer, the year severe summer …

Happy birthday to Leonardo da Vinci, born on this day in 1452. Da Vinci is one of the most intriguing personalities in the history of Western art. Trained in Florence as a painter and sculptor, Leonardo is also celebrated for his scientific contributions. Learn more in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519) | The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right | 1508–12

Don’t miss “The Path of Nature,” closing Sunday. This exhibition reveals a rich tradition of painting out of doors nearly a century before Impressionism. At the heart of this collection is a group of paintings executed by northern artists drawn to Rome by its combination of antiquity and natural beauty. Charles Rémond (French, 1795–1875) | View of the Basilica of Constantine from the Palatine, Rome | ca. 1822–25