In case you haven’t heard, the MFA is reported to have loaned twenty-one Monet canvases (over half of its permanent collection) to the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas in exchange for a consideration of nearly $1 million for a period of seven and half months. In the words of MFA director Malcom Rogers, “This is a win-win situation. I think people are extraordinarily priggish and narrow-minded if they don’t understand this.” * Is that the sound of the restoration department I hear gearing up? How might one remove beer from impasto?
*(courtesy of the Boston Globe).