Art: Rising Connoisseur

The heroes of the art world, rightly, are creative artists; yet occasionally a standard-bearer of a different sort emerges as a creator in his own right. Such a man is James J. Rorimer, director of The Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum's medieval branch in Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park. Rorimer began constructing The Cloisters in 1934, has since made it the world's best museum of medieval art and a major tourist attraction. This week Manhattan was abuzz with rumors that Rorimer was in line for a new and even more demanding assignment: filling the large chair vacated by wide, witty Francis Henry Taylor...

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