Art & Museums


“Julia and Paul loved France, especially Paris,” said Pratt. She explained that the couple often took walks on weekends, and Paul would look for subjects that appealed to him, including architecture, rivers, fisherman, children and cats. Since Julia was 6 foot 2 (1.9 meters), she could help him take pictures by blocking the sun. Her role, as she told Pratt, often was that of a prop.


This plaster statue, dating to around 6,500 B.C. and discovered in Ain Ghazal, Jordan, is one of the oldest known in human history. It’s among the earliest large-scale representations of human form. The settlement in which it was found, spread across 30 acres (12 hectares) along the Zarqa River, was one of the largest known Neolithic settlements in the Near East.