AFTER nearly two years of negotiations, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Director Richard S. Davis this week announced the acquisition of a handsome new Easter gift for Minneapolis: Anthony van Dyck's Betrayal of Christ. Bought for an estimated $135,000 from a Manhattan art dealer, the painting is a blazing work done by the 17th century Flemish painter when he was barely 23. It has long been recognized as one of the century's outstanding religious paintings, is ranked by Director Davis as "a breath of genius."

In the Easter story. Van Dyck chose to depict the high moment of treachery when Judas kisses Jesus,...

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