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Spanish foods sure age well over the centuries.
Spanish foods sure age well over the centuries.

As an American, you know that 1492 is the year Columbus heroically discovered -- er, cluelessly stumbled upon -- our continent. As a Floridian, you know that 1819 was the year the Spanish ceded our state to Uncle Sam. And as a museumgoer, the hundreds of years in between produced the paintings, sculptures, and other items on view in the exhibit "Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492-1819," which opens today at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach). The exhibit includes works by painters (Velzquez, Goya) and sculptors (Bernini), as well as items like Sebastian Mnster's Map of the New World (Cuba and Hispaniola's entrance into the world of print) and the original letter from Queen Isabel to Christopher Columbus, giving him the green light for a second voyage. If only she knew what we know now -- she'd probably do it all over again. Marco! Polo! Chris out of water! The exhibit runs through May 1. Call 561-832-5196. (JB)

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