Art in Hi-Fi

The massive central balcony and surrounding galleries of Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art last week were aglow with an unprecedented display of masterpieces. On view were Giotto's famed Paduan fresco Betrayal of Christ, Piero della Francesca's looming Resurrection, the Louvre's Mona Lisa, El Greco's towering 16-by12-ft. Burial of Count Orgaz and Georges Seurat's 7-by-10-ft. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. To equal the experience, an art lover would have had to visit 26 museums, travel some 15,000. miles.

Behind the Met's show of 50 masterpieces, plus a one-quarter scale replica...

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