Oh the humanities

Living with Beautiful Things

Instead of scrutinizing ourselves in relation to our small treasures, let us look at big collectors, who should be subject to more influences. I am afraid we are no better off than we were with art dealers and museum custodians, at least in the moral sphere. Think of Goering. I have known gentle art collectors, mild and philanthropic where the arts are concerned, glad to lend and serve on boards, even one or two who are liberals (in the American sense, i.e., slightly to the left) in politics and devoted to human rights—this is a very rare species. But the majority, I must say, are not very nice people. Living with beautiful things, inherited or acquired, has not enlarged them; one could almo

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