Art: A Feast from Le Grand Siecle: 17th Century France at the Met

At the Metropolitan, the glory that was 17th century France

Some exhibitions cannot be done by the fainthearted; they can only be developed by great museums at their full organizational stretch. They alter the way art history is read, and "France in the Golden Age," which opened last month at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of these uncommon and persuasive events. It consists of 124 paintings by 17th century French artists, all culled from American collections. Some of them are among the household gods of the West, like Nicolas Poussin or Georges de La Tour; others, like Laurent de...

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