Art: Persian Pictures

A happy and energetic race of scholars are archeologists whose camping ground is the Near East. Except for rare cases like the late T. E. Lawrence, they are generally ignored by everybody but fellow professionals. But their patient patchings have from time to time restored wonderful form to old cultures. Such restorations were James Henry Breasted's epochal History of Egypt (1905), Sir Arthur Evans' report on Pre-Hellenic Crete (1921-35). One result is that any good advertising artist now knows more about the very fine arts of the Nile valley and the Aegean islands than...

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