Kennedy unveils Picasso painting at JFK Library

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LINDSEY ANDERSON
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - A Picasso painting that the famous artist created in denouncing war has come to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis.

Caroline Kennedy unveiled the "Rape of the Sabine Women" on Thursday. She said it shows the fear and uncertainty during the 1962 crisis over Soviet missiles in Cuba. She called the crisis her father's "greatest challenge."

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 after the 13-day crisis, referencing the fabled abduction of Sabine women by ancient Romans.

The painting is on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts through Jan. 6.

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