Art Review: Paul Richard on 'Heaven on Earth' at the National Gallery of Art - washingtonpost.com
A review of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
...the 52 pages from old vandalized books in "Heaven on Earth: Manuscript Illuminations From the National Gallery of Art" are the opposite of trash. They declare their preciousness as soon as one lays eyes on them. They gleam of polished gold. Their layout and their letters and their focused little pictures show excellent control of the shiny and the tiny. Their calculated parts have been fit together finely by specialists in many skills. It's like looking at the innards of a bejeweled watch.