A great review from a reader, Michael Savage, over on Culture Wars. He considers the Bronze exhibition at the London R.A., and that Raphael display of drawings at Haarlem mentioned in another post. As the writer says, the Raphael succeeds admirably in educating the public about connoisseurship issues; the RA exhibition, however, leaves a lot to be desired where educating and inspiring the public is concerned.
Seeing these two exhibitions within a couple of days of each other was a fascinating contrast in museological approach. Bronze aims to entertain, to impress and even to overwhelm with its accumulation of great works. But it deadens the soul with poor display and foolish presentation. In every respect Raphael is the more worthy exhibition. It shows that connoisseurship is not just for the cognoscenti. It invites visitors into a wider conversation about art, rather than condescending to them. It is more than the sum of its parts; its purpose is to educate and to enlighten, and I think every visitor will come away enriched and invigorated.
Amen to that. It sounds as if the Dutch show might be a milestone in the engagement of the public with art.