Art: Culture in the Papal Manner

The Vatican comes to the Met, but was the journey necessary?

A sampling of 237 paintings, sculptures and other objects from the Vatican will open to the public at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Feb. 26. Previews have been running for weeks already. Later, "The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art" will travel to Chicago and San Francisco. It is the most expensive art exhibition ever put on in America. It cost $8 million to prepare, ship, insure and mount, and involved the largest single grant ever laid out by a corporate...

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