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Spain's Prado museum hosts large exhibition of art lent by Russia's Hermitage
MADRID (AP) ' Spain's Prado museum is hosting a large exhibition of European art lent by Russia's Hermitage, a rare opportunity to see such work outside the vast St. Petersburg museum.
Among the close to 180 exhibits are two large paintings by Rembrandt, an imposing Caravaggio and a historic segment of early 20th-century art, an area in which the Hermitage's collection excels.
Works by Spanish artists Diego Velazquez, Pablo Picasso and Diego de Rivera return home, flanked by famous pieces by Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne and Wassily Kandinsky.
Rare items that once belonged to Russia's czars and aristocracy include Faberge jewels and gold items dating from as early as the fifth century B.C.
The exhibition opens to the public Tuesday and will run until March.