Art: Priceless Peripatetics

Art is on the move. The Louvre's Venus de Milo, weighing more than a ton, arrived in Japan to grace the summer Olympics, having lost four chips of plaster and marble added during a 19th century restoration (they were glued back on). To enhance the New York World's Fair, Michelangelo's 6,700-lb. Pietà was eased off its pedestal in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, slid down planks lubricated with laundry soap and packed in a double box with a foam plastic that cushions the marble and supports it by filling every cranny. For the sea voyage, the Vatican took out $6 million...

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