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Indianapolis (Museum of Art) vs. New Orleans (Museum of Art)

January 27, 2010

One of the more entertaining sideline dramas leading up to the Saints/Colts Super Bowl battle has been the playful but heated arrangement of a bet between the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The kick off came when IMA's Max Anderson offered to lend a painting by Ingrid Calame in the unlikely event that that Saints emerged victorious. NOMA smack-talked back, calling the Calame "an insignificant" work and proposing to up the ante with a Renoir.

The back-and-forth is well chronicled here.

End result?

If Manning and company win, the IMA gets Claude Lorrain's Ideal View of Tivoli, 1644.

If the Saints pull it off, the IMA has to send south Joseph Turner, The Fifth Plague of Egypt, 1800.

Now that's getting into the competitive spirit.

Your thoughts?

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