NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When art museum directors bet on the Super Bowl, the trash talk extends to art and artists. A Renoir painting is dissed as "sentimental blancmange," a jewel-encrusted gold cup dismissed as "another over-elaborate Victorian tchotchke."
The upshot: If the New Orleans Saints win, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will lend "The Fifth Plague of Egypt" by 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner to the New Orleans Museum of Art for three months.
A Colts victory would bring "Ideal View of Tivoli" by Claude Lorrain, considered the father of landscape painting, to the Indianapolis museum.
Indianapolis museum director Maxwell L. Anderson started the Twitter and e-mail bidding war with New Orleans' John Bullard in response to an arts blogger's suggestion.