Jed Perl, of the New Republic, delivers a rave for the ages: "'Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages,'" he writes, now on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "is the most original museum show in this country since 2002's "Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence." He goes on to write:
These audacious exhibitions turn scholarly probity into artistic revelation; it speaks volumes about the curatorial esprit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that this great institution has been responsible for both events. "Tapestry in the Renaissance," which made a definitive case for the centrality of woven images in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century European art, was the defining moment in the career of Thomas Campbell, a relatively untested curator who is now the director of the Metropolitan. It is anyone's guess where the curator Melanie Holcomb will be in seven years, but there is no doubt that with this new, gorgeously focused show, she has reframed the place of drawing in the history of European art.
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