Art: Million-Dollar Newcomer

This week in Raleigh, N.C. the newest major art museum in the U.S., and the first to have a collection fully subsidized by state funds, opens its doors with more than a million dollars' worth of paintings already hanging on its walls. Aiming for broad representation rather than high-priced rarities, museum officers settled for 200-odd major and minor old masters at an average price of only $4,000. Result: a sampling of eight main schools of Western painting, ranging from Balthazar Van der Ast to Francisco de Zurbaran and including Rubens' Holy Family with...