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  1. See wealth of Spain's colonial empire at Ringling Museum

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    We love looking in other people's homes, especially if they're rich other people. Back in the 18th century, people didn't get much richer than those living in Spain's colonial empire in Central and South America and the West Indies.

    This portrait from 1806, painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, is of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, a Peruvian Creole from a prominent family, who had a successful diplomatic career in Madrid, where this was created. He benefited from a policy instituted by the king to promote loyalty among the colonials and incorporate them into Spanish society by granting them prestigious positions in the Spanish government.
  2. Meet landscape painters Taylor Ikin, Joseph Melancon at Nuance Galleries

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    You still have more than a week to enjoy the lovely landscapes of painters Taylor Ikin and Joseph Melancon at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, before their show closes on Dec. 30. But Friday is your final opportunity to meet them at the gallery. Ikin paints in watercolor, Melancon in oils, but their …

    Taylor Ikin, Morning Reflections, watercolor.
  3. Lawyer to discuss recovery of art looted by Nazis

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    The sorry tale of art looted from museums and private collections in Europe by the Nazis during World War II has been told many times in books and films such as the recent Monuments Men. The restitution process is ongoing and difficult, which will be the topic of lawyer Howard Spiegler's talk at 7 p.m. today at …

    New York attorney Howard Spiegler, an expert on recovering stolen Nazi art, will speak at a Tampa temple.
  4. CraftArt Festival fills St. Petersburg streets this weekend

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    Fine crafts, already brimming in the newly expanded gallery at Florida CraftArt (formerly Florida Craftsmen Gallery), spill into the adjacent streets for the CraftArt Festival, the annual outdoor festival in downtown St. Petersburg. Held Saturday and Sunday, it features Florida craftsmen and those from around the United …

    Donald Boudreau, wood.
  5. Picasso/Dalí exhibition at Dalí Museum is historic, awe-inspiring

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    I recall reading a French saying that goes something like this: In love there is always one who kisses and one who is kissed.

    © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso, Artist Rights Society. Collection of Museu Picasso.
Pablo Picasso, Compoteir/Frutero (Fruit Dish), 1917, oil on canvas.
  6. MFA combines Rosenquist, Rauschenberg for exhibit

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    The art of James Rosenquist and the late Robert Rauschenberg immerses viewers in pop culture. We plunge into its currents, deep and shallow, filled with ideas and associations. They work differently but their broad aim is the same: to juxtapose images that might seem random but, in their hands, become a story of us. …

    James Rosenquist, Diver’s Line, 1979, etching and aquatint with pochoir on paper.
  7. Painter's religious works gathered in exhibit

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    The late Robert Hodgell was an exceptional painter (and I disclose owning one of his works) who left behind a varied body of subject matter. Those with religious themes have been gathered together for a group show at the Cobb Gallery at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Shown is a detail from Hodgell's …

  8. Looking for original gifts? Morean offers art three ways

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    Galleries are gearing up for the holidays with a view to gift-giving. The Morean Arts Center is a fine example. With three venues — the Morean itself, its Center for Clay and the Chihuly Collection — you'll find a lot of variety and prices high to low (mostly on the affordable side). For information about …

    Thomas Murray, painting, at Morean Arts Center.
  9. Art to hold your gaze at ARTicles Art Gallery

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    Nathan Beard's series of "Exit Music" paintings have a hypnotic quality as most repetitive experiences do. The spirals of color begin and end "beyond" the frames and suggest a continuum. Trying to figure out the pattern in the swirls of mutating colors keeps the compositions from becoming formulaic. See the collection …

    Nathan Beard, Kundali, from his “Exit Music” show at ARTicles Gallery.
  10. Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso joint exhibition illuminates development of both

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso: Together at last.

    Bernardo Laniado-Romero, director of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain, and Lenora Suttle view Apparatus and Hand, left, by Salvador Dalí and Woman in a Red Armchair by Pablo Picasso during a media tour of the new joint exhibit.