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For her part, Cubiñá has gone as far as helping visitors figure out Rembrandt.
One of the master's small etchings, approximately the size of an index card and titled The Adoration of the Shepherds: A Night Piece (1652), has been blown up to garage-door proportions. You'll have to squint to discern the details in the original, but the minutiae in the megamagnified version will leave you wide-eyed.
As Cubiñá walks through the museum to greet middle-school students, tourists, and artists during a busy weekday, it's obvious the exhibit has struck a chord.
She stops to redirect a beam of light on a 17th-century English portrait 50 yards away and then pauses.
"Sometimes I get ideas for showing the works in different ways in the morning when I'm on the treadmill or maybe at a track meet when my teenage son is racing. You never know when inspiration will happen," says the smiling curator, who rescued a mummy from obscurity last summer.
Her intriguing approach to showcasing the Bass, not to mention stellar works that are wildly different, more than merits a visit.