2 Renaissance masterpieces coming to New Orleans museum

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Posted: Apr 15, 2018 11:44 AM
2 Renaissance masterpieces coming to New Orleans museum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Renaissance masterpieces are coming to the New Orleans Museum of Art. It will be only the third museum ever to display them together, and the second outside Italy.

A museum news release says Paolo Veronese (POW-loh veh-roh-NAY-zuh) painted "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" and "St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter" during 1566 and 1567 for a chapel on Murano, an island in the lagoon of Venice.

They were shown last year at a museum in Venice, at The Frick Collection in New York from October through March, and will be in New Orleans starting Thursday (April 19) through Sept. 3.

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The Frick's news release says nobody knows how a priest on a small island was able to commission work by Veronese, who was then one of the most successful and highest-paid painters in Venice.