MANHATTAN'S Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's richest, recently decided to remain closed on Mondays because the city had withdrawn $35,000 a year from its contribution to the museum's maintenance and operation costs. From Tuesday through Sunday this week, the Met proudly displayed its latest major acquisition, proving that it suffers no lack of purchase funds. The well-nigh priceless St. John's Vision (see color), by El Greco, was bought from the estate of Spanish Painter-Collector Ignacio Zuloaga. And although Director James Rorimer kept the price to himself, he called the canvas one of the 20 most important purchases in...

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