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Minneapolis Institute Of Arts Unveiling Major Buy

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Institute of Arts unveils a major acquisition when it opens a new exhibition on paintings from Venice next Sunday.

“Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” will run through May 1.

The museum is using it as a chance to show off a rare map of Venice. Jacopo de’ Barbari’s “View of Venice,” published in 1500, is considered one of the most spectacular achievements of Renaissance printmaking. It gives a mural-sized topographical view of the Italian city, measuring over nine feet wide. It’s one of only 13 known copies.

The map had belonged to a French aristocratic family since the mid-18th century. The institute acquired it for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in December.

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