Art: Splendor Inside the Walls

Old World treasures at the New World's newest gallery

Fitted into the triangular concourse of the new East Building is a big gallery for special exhibitions, with 17,000 sq. ft. of space. This week the entrance to that gallery is flanked by two life-size figures of armored jousting knights on horseback. They introduce the huge exhibition titled "The Splendor of Dresden," an assembly of objects borrowed from the East German city, which for centuries has been famed for its collections of art and other treasures. Observed one 19th century writer: "Heaven and earth were...

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