Masterpiece

John Frankenheimer’s ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ a 1962 film—starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury—about an Army veteran brainwashed by Communists, remains the godfather of conspiracy thrillers.

November 4, 2022

In Luis Buñuel’s film ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,’ the director attains a state of grace and displays the courage of his convictions.

October 21, 2022

Benjamin Britten’s 1945 opera “Peter Grimes,” set among the hard lives in a fishing village, depicts the ease with which rumor, anger and fear can triumph over truth.

October 14, 2022

The Italian architect’s creation perfectly fuses picturesque surroundings with classical ideas of harmony to create a peaceful dwelling seeped in fresh air and sunlight.

September 30, 2022

After Duke Ellington met Elizabeth II in 1958, he was inspired to write a piece just for her, ‘The Queen’s Suite,’ a progression of sonic images of scenes, thoughts and ideas tied to nature.

September 16, 2022

Curzio Malaparte’s autobiographical novel, ‘Kaputt,’ written around the time he was the Italian correspondent in Ukraine during World War II, is a stunning indictment of fascism, created by an unrepentant fascist.

September 9, 2022

‘Still Life With Fruit and Nuts’ by Robert S. Duncanson, America’s most important black painter of the mid-19th century, can be seen as a metaphor for the U.S. itself.

September 2, 2022

The German printmaker Käthe Kollwitz’s brilliant 1904 lithograph ‘Self-Portrait en Face,’ a new joint acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art and the Neue Galerie, is a look at—and by—a woman bucking the odds.

August 26, 2022

Around the corner from the Parthenon Sculptures at the British Museum, the lesser-known frieze from the temple of Apollo at Bassae depicts Greek battles of legend in panels of breathless action.

August 19, 2022

‘Nanook of the North,’ the 1922 film, often considered the first documentary and created by Robert J. Flaherty, uses a uniquely humanistic lens to depict the life of an Inuit family in their harsh northern landscape.

August 12, 2022

In honor of the late historian, the Journal presents the Masterpiece columns he wrote for us on Trumbull’s “The Declaration of Independence,” Bingham’s “The County Election” and Saint-Gaudens’s “Farragut Monument.”

August 10, 2022

George Stevens’s 1956 movie based on Edna Ferber’s novel stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in a multigenerational tale of a Texas family as sweeping as the changes in their state and country.

July 29, 2022

When Claes Oldenburg, who died Monday, created ‘Two Cheeseburgers, With Everything (Dual Hamburgers),’ he seasoned Pop Art sculpture with a dash of Abstract Expressionism.

July 22, 2022

Peter Paul Rubens’s painting ‘The Horrors of War’ is a warning against the destruction and cruelty of mass violence that still rings true today.

July 15, 2022

Composer John Philip Sousa’s best-known piece, ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever,’ is the quintessential music for Independence Day.

July 1, 2022

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