Art: Tour of a Long Spiral

This year's exhibition season in Europe's top museums has opened with some extraordinary displays. TIME Correspondent Horace Judson went to look at them, here reports what he saw and thought.

THOUGH nobody planned them that way, the shows resonate with one another. They assert how we see and have seen—over the best part of a millennium, and right at this moment. The assertions are sometimes disturbing. Munich: 396 icons, barbaric gemstones strewn across the velvet sophistications of Orthodox theology. Brussels: three Bruegels newly cleaned to support a reflective commemoration. Amsterdam: 24 matchless Rembrandts,...

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