Art: Flemish Manufactures

Big-bearded William Morris, who did some of the first thinking about industry's impact on art, was fond of pointing out that the word "manufacturer" had lost all if its original meaning (hand-maker). Worcester, Mass, is one of the New England towns whose 19th-Century mills and streets bear witness to the loss. But Worcester has a fine Art Museum, and here last week New England scholars and art lovers gathered to ponder the art of mother great manufacturing region when art and manufacturing were one.

In Flanders (now Belgium) 600 years ago, painting was just...

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