Indianapolis Museum of Art features Rare Exhibition of Spanish Sacred Art

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Students view the piece "Dead Christ" on display in the exhibit "Sacred Spain" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis. AP Photo / Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP).- El Greco’s vision of the veil
of Veronica hangs near a golden crown with 447 emeralds. Just a few steps away,
a recumbent sculpture of the crucified Jesus Christ rests before its return to a
Spanish hermitage in time for Holy Week. The free exhibition, which continues
through Jan. 3, 2010
,  has thrilled experts and other visitors
alike. Harvard Art Museum curator and cultural historian Ivan Gaskell said it
inspired him intellectually like no other exhibition he has seen this year.
“Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World” at the Indianapolis
Museum of Art is drawing visitors from around the world for an unprecedented
exhibition of 71 pieces from 45 lenders — many of them private — in Spain,
Mexico, Peru and other countries. Madrid’s Prado has loaned five works
alone.