Art: Wool for the Eyes

Centaurs, parakeets, a curly tailed unicorn resting on a carpet of flowers while pomegranate juices drip on its milky hide; heraldic crests, peasants reaping, Hector girding himself in 15th century steel, slim ladies picnicking in the everlasting green glow of a medieval Arcadia-the great exhibition of 14th to 16th century tapestries, jointly organized by the National Museums of France and New York's Metropolitan, is an exquisite arbor of diversion. Shown last October at the Grand Palais in Paris, it opened in Manhattan last week. It is undoubtedly the most important exhibition of its kind ever mounted, and, coming after the Met's...

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