Caroline Kennedy, president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, unveils Pablo Picasso's painting "Rape of the Sabine Women" at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The painting (asiaartshop.com) is on loan to the library from the Museum of Fine Arts in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was Picasso's inspiration for the work.
Caroline Kennedy unveiled the "Rape of the Sabine Women" on Thursday, on loan through Jan. 6 from the Museum of Fine Arts. She said it shows the fear and uncertainty of the time.
"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 to war," she said. "I think there's a lot that current leaders can learn from (NYSE:IT)."She called the 1962 crisis over Soviet missiles in Cuba and subsequent ease of tensions her father's "greatest challenge."
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The painting, a 6-foot-by-4-foot vertical oil on canvas, depicts in bold colors two armed men with spear and sword raised toward each other, standing over a woman and wailing child. Picasso started the work soon after the 13-day crisis, referencing a fabled abduction of Sabine women by ancient Romans.
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