By Russ McCaskey

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FORT WORTH (CBS11) – From experts to the novice, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth has something for everyone.

“The only Michelangelo painting in the Americas is here,” said the director of the museum, Eric Lee. “[There are] works by major artists — from the renaissance to the mid-20th century, to Picasso and Matisse”

While the Kimbell Art Museum didn’t opened in 1972, the planning started decades earlier. Lee said, “The Kimbell art foundation was formed in the 1930’s by Mr. and Mrs. Kay Kimbell, along with Kay Kimbell’s sister and her husband.”

In the 1960’s members of the foundation started talking about building a museum.

While there are incredible works of art in the gallery, many people find that the Kimbell building just as special as the works of art that it houses. In fact, many consider the building a work of art.

The Kimbell building — which was designed by Louis Kahn –has a blend of 50-percent natural light and 50-percent artificial light. “The Louis Kahn Building is renowned for its natural light. And many people consider it to be the most perfect lighting conditions for viewing works of art.”

If he Kimbell Art Museum doesn’t draw you in by it’s beauty, the price of admission will. It doesn’t cost a thing to see the permanent collection. The museum does however charge for special exhibitions, like the one they have now featuring the Le Nain brothers. The men were 17th century artists who painted during the time of the Three Musketeers.

Since Le Nain brothers only signed their last names to their work, nobody knows for sure which brother is responsible for which painting. The mystery has created excitement for art lovers. “They [visitors] come in here expecting to spend half an hour and I see them completely engrossed in the show,” Lee said.

It’s been said that “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” The Kimbell Art Museum has been doing that in Fort Worth for 44 years.

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