Art: Woven Acre

To the casual eye, most tapestries look like faded, overelaborate rugs hanging on a wall. But these 200 were different. They were the handsomest show Manhattan had seen in years. Lent by the French Government, and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, they covered an acre of wall space. Before the exhibition closed this week, 142,545 visitors had seen it. On the last day, crowds were still waiting to get in when the gates closed.

Among the tapestries were some of the oldest in existence: 14th Century illustrations of the Apocalypse which reproduced, on a...

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