Painting: Reunion in Vienna

In few quarters of the civilized globe do the wheels of bureaucracy grind so exceedingly slow as they do in the former realm of the Habsburgs. Thus it came as no surprise to Austrians that when the state-run Kunsthistorisches Museum recently opened a "new gallery," in a suite in Vienna's old Imperial palace, it turned out to be filled with 120 paintings by 19th century French and German artists. The collection had been taken down shortly after the Anschluss of 1938, and not been on display since. Any other country would have hustled...

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