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I suspect that this sort of esotericism, if that's the right word, is more common with contemporary art. Would the museum be as unhelpful with ancient art, which everyone knows needs contextualizing?
Often art exhibits result in printed catalogues, and museums usually put a few of them in a separate room, where visitors may read them. The Met in NYC is very helpful in this way. I often find myself scurrying back and forth between art works and the catalogues, which contain more information than is ever presented in wall captions.
The Met now puts its exhibits online,as it were: each item is shown, along with the caption text, as well as other information. In some cases you can examine a work online more carefully than you can the physical object, because of the ability to zoom in or view it from certain angles.
In the case of the press conference yesterday it may be Trump does believe Putin, or at least, doesn't believe his own intelligence services, in which case we can say he's gullible---or a lackey.
But maybe he doesn't CARE whether Putin tried to interfere in our elections--either because he wants to get down to business, or because he conflates any indignation about that with acceptance of the idea that he colluded with the Russians. Then we should either say he's amoral or cynical, or he's a narcissist who can't distinguish his self-interest from the country's.
"Leading patriots believed that the colonies were the king’s own to govern, and they urged George III to defy Parliament and rule directly. These theorists were proposing to turn back the clock on the English constitution, rejecting the Whig settlement that had secured the supremacy of Parliament after the Glorious Revolution. Instead, they embraced the political theory of those who had waged the last great campaign against Parliament’s “usurpations”: the reviled Stuart monarchs of the seventeenth century.
When it came time to design the state and federal constitutions, the very same figures who had defended this expansive conception of royal authority—John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Wilson, and their allies—returned to the fray as champions of a single executive vested with sweeping prerogatives. As a result of their labors, the Constitution of 1787 would assign its new president far more power than any British monarch had wielded for almost a hundred years. On one side of the Atlantic, Nelson concludes, there would be kings without monarchy; on the other, monarchy without kings."
This interpretation is now being contested. See:
An excellent post. Two questions:
An art historian colleague said to me when I mentioned your idea that it has a big drawback as as far as scholars are concerned. This is that the works in storage are available to scholars, and that the collection of many second-rank works in central places faciltates their research. What do you think of that?
Second, don't their holdings in storage allow the big museums to lend works so that when they want to put on big shows they can ask for loans in return? I imagine that the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of Michelangelo drawings now at the Met was facilitated by all the loans they had made to the institutions that lent it drawings. What do you think of that argument?