Exhibitions: Stony Chronicle

Smash hit of the Continent's current exhibition season is the Louvre's "Gothic Europe." Sponsored by the 18-nation Council of Europe, and spreading through 15 galleries of the museum's Pavilion de Flore, the show has brought together 548 choice and rare medieval works—stained glass from France and England, illuminated manuscripts from Czechoslovakia, statuary from Scandinavia, metalwork from Germany, and frescoes from Italy. The result is a panorama of Europe from the 12th to the 14th centuries, its greatest age of artistic unity (see color pages).

For many scholars, the exhibition has been a revelation of how Europe's international style swept to the...

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