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Louvre exhibition opens in Atlanta

October 11, 2008|From the Associated Press

A new exhibition opening at Atlanta's High Museum this weekend, featuring 91 artworks from the Louvre in Paris, challenges viewers to define what constitutes a masterpiece and explores how that definition has evolved over the years.

"We are attempting to explore this fundamental question in the field of art, a question that has no definite answer: 'What is a masterpiece?' " Louvre director Henri Loyrette said.

One gallery, dubbed "Find the Forgery," allows visitors to play museum curator. After examining two heads, one made of black stone and the other of blue glass, they can use one of four interactive screens to go through the process that Louvre curators used to determine in 2002 that one of the two pieces, both from the department of Egyptian antiquities, was a forgery.

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