Art: Place of Honor

During his long career Sculptor Jacob Epstein, 71, has occasionally tried his hand at religious subjects. To the orthodox, the results have usually seemed artistically outrageous, if not downright blasphemous. Epstein's phallephoric Adam was denounced as pornography; his Jacob and the Angel, billed as "the world's greatest shocker," went on tour in an artistic peepshow; G. K. Chesterton took one look at his square, squat Ecce Homo, then thundered at it as "one of the greatest insults to religion I've ever seen."

Last week, without fanfare or controversy, Epstein was about to place...

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