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Rewriting History at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum’s Jerusalem 1000-1400 masked centuries of struggle for power and survival in the Holy Land—and effaced both the presence and the subjugation of its Jews.

February 23, 2017 | Maureen Mullarkey
About the author: Maureen Mullarkey, a painter and critic, is a senior contributor to the Federalist and keeps a weblog, Studio Matters.
This is a response to Jerusalem Syndrome at the Met, originally published in Mosaic in February 2017

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.

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