Books: Ars ad Deorum Gloriam

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE GODS (400 pp.)—Andre Malraux—Double-day ($20).

Andre Malraux is a great intellectual speculator. He floats, promotes and trades in ideas, and, thanks to his vast mental capital, never goes broke. More than a decade ago, in Psychology of Art, later rewritten as The Voices of Silence, Malraux launched the notion of the "Museum Without Walls." Among other things, this imaginary museum was a device for seeing the art of all ages out of context. With its equidistant tolerance toward previous cultures, and its technical means (reproductions, photographs) to appropriate...

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