Loans make the museum world go round, but not everything is available

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Experts say lending among museums had fallen off because the global economic crisis has forced them to cut back on expenditures. You’d hardly know it from the number of current or impending major shows in and around Washington. The NGA has the Miro retrospective, while the VMFA offers “Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings.” At the Walters, the intriguing “Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and the Christian World” opens later this month. And that’s just a sampling.

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