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New Play Explores Issues of Censorship, Truth and the Role of the Muse


Among the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's collection of artists, Raphael Peale isn't the most well-known. But when a local playwright first viewed his painting Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception, it stuck with her, eventually inspiring her to write a new play about a Kansas City artist and his mysterious muse.By Steve Walker


Kansas City, MO – Trompe L'oeil, presented by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Johnson County Community College department of theater, runs Friday - Saturday, March 6 - 7, 2009, Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center.

Raphaelle Peale's Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception will be reinstalled in the newly renovated American Art Galleries, opening April 18, 2009.

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