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Inside the art of life and death masks (Photos)

From ancient Greece to the American Confederacy, famous and powerful figures have been immortalized through plaster masks sculpted during a person's lifetime or immediately after their death.

Saturday - 07/19/2014, 02:03am EDT

Tags: alicia lozano, National Portrait Gallery, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, one life, life mask, death mask, karin sander

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Longtime museum director Martin Sullivan dies

Martin Sullivan, the former director of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, has died at his home in Piney Point, Md. He was 70.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 09:53pm EST

Tags: Martin Sullivan, National Portrait Gallery

1st women on Supreme Court join Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has installed a loaned painting of the first four female Supreme Court justices.

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 03:06pm EDT

Tags: National Portrait Gallery, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan

Amelia Earhart exhibit honors history, legacy

Amelia Earhart may not have been the first female pilot, or even the best, but her mysterious disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 affirmed her status as the most iconic figure in American aviation.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 03:23pm EDT

Tags: Amelia Earhart, National Portrait Gallery, The Ninety Nines

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