Monday, January 4, 2021

The Met Casts New Light on its Greatest Hits and History

By Holland Cotter
Antonello da Messina, “Christ Crowned with Thorns” (circa 1470). “Christ’s face has the beat-up features of a boxer who’s lost a fight and the pleading gaze of a doomed man who just fully understood his fate,” writes our critic. Credit...Jeenah Moon for The New York Times
Goya, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez and more are in skylit splendor in the European galleries. And the museum is acknowledging the shaping force on art of colonialism, slavery, the disenfranchisement of women. “In a dark time, the eye begins to see,” the poet wrote. And after the dark, dark time we’ve been through, this year’s winter solstice, marking the start of slow climb back into light, may carry more metaphorical weight than usual. [More