A map of the Holy Land written and illustrated by Matthew Paris in Saint Albans, England ca. 1240-53. The Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MS 26).
Edward Rothstein’s incisive discussion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven confirms my own impressions of the show, about which I wrote in a piece for the Federalist. Here I want to make even more emphatic Rothstein’s grasp of the issue at stake in an exhibition whose overall tendentiousness began at the starting gate.