Art: The Legacy of La Serenissima

In London, a remarkable survey of 16th century Venice

Over the past five years or so, a revitalized Royal Academy of Arts in London has mounted some of the best historical art shows in living memory. The current one is "The Genius of Venice, 1500-1600," a survey of 144 paintings, 100 drawings, maps and documents, 42 sculptures and 65 prints, which has been on view at Burlington House since December. Do not walk to this one; run or fly, if you can. It will not travel; when it closes on March 11, a diorama of...

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