Art: The Hand of the Master

In Berlin's East zone one day last week, a squad of Communist police sped to the Märkisches Museum and shouldered their way inside. A few minutes later they came out bearing two leather-bound volumes darkened with age. The books thus placed under "state protection" were the rare (but not invaluable) 1541 edition of the Martin Luther Bible. What made this particular Bible worth state protection to culture-conscious East zone Reds were the three drawings inside: freshly discovered work of the early 16th century German master, Mathias Griinewald.

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