Art: Good Reading

The Baltimore Museum of Art was turned into a library last week, but none of the books would be taken out or even touched. The museum had joined with the Walters Art Gallery of Baltimore to exhibit 233 illuminated manuscripts—the biggest and best collection ever shown in the U.S.

Abstractions In Canterbury. The earliest of the manuscripts, dating from the dark ages of Europe, had been strongboxes of Christian culture. Done mostly on calfskin parchment and laced with burnished gold and rainbow colors, they had kept fresh and shining through the centuries. One of them, an 8th Century psalter believed to...

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