Art: What Dimes Will Buy

Washington's National Gallery celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with a stunning exhibition of the latest art works acquired by the Croesus-rich Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In the last five years, the foundation, financed by dime-store profits, has bought 116 paintings, 18 sculptures and more than 1,300 miniature bronzes. A few of them will eventually be parceled out to museums as far away as Honolulu, but most will become part of the National Gallery's permanent collection.

Certain to stay are such masterpieces as the circular Adoration of the Magi (see picture), which was begun...

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