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Diego Velázquez: Las meninas

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Diego Velázquez

Spanish painter

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Hiroshima, Japan: aftermath of atomic bomb strike

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1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

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Hiroshima, Japan: aftermath of atomic bomb strike

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1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

 
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