Art: A Museum with a Message

The Bible has been a source of inspiration for Marc Chagall ever since he was a boy living in the ghetto of Vitebsk in White Russia. He has drawn dozens of illustrations for the holy book During the 1960s, when he was a resident of Vence, a hill village above the French Riviera, he painted a series of radiantly colored oils depicting scenes from the Old Testament, intended to hang in several local chapels.

The chapels, it turned out, were too humid to house the canvases. "I don't want to sell these paintings. I'm going to give them to you," Chagall told...

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