A cultural institution of transcendent richness and breadth, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York enters its sesquicentennial year
The thirty works on view are, without exception, excellent
A glimpse of the possible future of museum displays of historical artifacts can be seen in the recent opening of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.
These tiny triumphs speak to human ingenuity, boundless reservoirs of patience, and painstaking craftsmanship in efforts where the slightest error will ruin the whole.
To wealthy American collectors during the Gilded Age, the appeal of medieval and early Renaissance art was considerable. Seeing themselves as the new aristocracy and wanting to re-create for themselves the prestige and trappings of European nobility, they sought objects that they felt embodied the chivalry, piety, luxury, romance, and magnificence of that distant age. Gothic Art in the Gilded …