Repeating Islands

The most famous and most valuable painting ever to visit Dorchester is currently on display at the JFK Library and Museum, Chris Harding reports for dotnews.com.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has loaned the larger-than-life-size Pablo Picasso canvas “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1963) to the Columbia Point landmark through Jan. 6, 2013.

This multimillion dollar masterwork, created shortly after the 13-day Cuban missile crisis of 1962, is on display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s announcement of a blockade of Soviet vessels upon the discovery of Russian missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba.

When Caroline Kennedy, president of the JFK Library Foundation, unveiled the canvas on Oct. 5, she called the period her father’s “greatest challenge.”

“The Cuban missile crisis was really the most dangerous time in my father’s presidency, and there really was a risk that the United States and the Soviet Union might go…

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