SUPERB!" cried the London Times after its art critic returned across the Channel from the city of Bruges. The word has been echoed in recent weeks by more than 150,000 visitors from all over Europe. In Bruges' small, whitewashed Groeninge Museum, tucked away behind the gabled houses that line the ancient Dyver Canal, hung the largest show of 15th century Flemish artists ever assembled. It was a nostalgic occasion for the Belgians, for here were all the glories that had been theirs when Bruges was the mightiest seaport in northern Europe and one of the greatest art centers the world had...

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