Exhibitions: The World of Fabulous Fables

Critic Bernard Berenson pored over them by the hour, Matisse and Bonnard learned lessons in color and com position from them, and as early as 1678, Oxford's Bodleian Library cheerfully paid £55 for as many illustrated volumes. For connoisseurs, there is no more magical—or diverting—world in miniature than the exquisite illustrations turned out by Persian artists over a period that extended for 600 years down to the 19th century. Culling the best from British collections, London's Victoria and Albert Museum is displaying a matchless, summer-long exhibition of 184 examples to demonstrate...

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