Art: Our Lady Immigrant

With considerable pride but without great fanfare, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art last month announced the acquisition of the famed Belgian Merode triptych. The Annunciation. By last week the Met's purchase of the altarpiece had become an international cause célébre. Said a resolution signed by 22 of Belgium's top museum directors and art teachers: "Often in the course of its history Belgium has had to witness, powerless, the destruction or pillage of its artistic patrimony. Once more, and this time without being able to cite the accident of bombardment or the...

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