Art: Hartford's Sound & Fury

On the walls of the Knoedler Galleries in Manhattan this week is a show built around periods of painting that until recently have been out of fashion. It is a choice Connecticut selection of 41 paintings from Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum. While it ranges from Rembrandt to Andrew Wyeth and includes Hartford's latest bequest, Renoir's Monet Painting in His Garden, the show gets its impact from the sound and fury, anguish and ecstasy beloved by baroque and rococo artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Hartford has this unique kind of collection largely because in...

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