Although we had stopped in Worcester a few times, we had never visited the Art Museum. Although there was some renovation in progress, it was easy to get around and to find the collections we chose to look at. It is bigger than we expected, with significant collections, not just of American paintings, which is what we did expect to find. There are a couple of earlier Albert Bierstadt's to appreciate, for example. Chinese, Islamic art as well and some ancient sculpture. Of course, there is a fairly large collection of european art from most eras. The great surprise was that on the day after we were there, an opening of a show was scheduled for a painting WAM had had for a very long time about which there had been dispute, but now it seems there is close to certitude that it is a Da Vinci. They had also from the Louvre a companion painting by Da Vinci as well as another painting from the studio he worked at. We were able to peek into this room to see all three and to read some of the wall text. This was a most interesting part of our very happy visit. Oh, and by the way, we had a very nice lunch at the Museum Cafe.
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