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Live From The Nelson: 'Gates Of Paradise,' And Picasso's African And Oceanic Influences

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Monsignor Timothy Verdon directs the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage at il Grand Museo del Duomo. His institution houses the original 15th-century 'Gates of Paradise' in Florence, Italy.

It's not every day you see — well, hear about — a set of 17-foot-tall, 4 1/2-ton gilded doors, but today is that day. We broadcast live from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and get the rundown on just such a set of doors, originally sculpted in the 15th century by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Then, we find out how a trip to the Musée d’ Ethnographie du Trocadéro transformed the way Pablo Picasso thought about the human body, and get a preview of the Nelson's newest exhibit.

'Through the Eyes of Picasso' will run at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through April 8, 2018. For ticketing information, go to Nelson-Atkins.org.

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