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By The highlife!
Excellent tale of great art and robbers and Barron's and sweet old ladies! Make it a musical!
No Wonder Those Connected to the Met Are Less Than Thrilled
The book is a mash up of a number of things. You won't find detailed histories of it's holdings. My favorite parts involve the early history and organization of the museum. We see the early big players--the patrician wealthy. Later comes the arrivistes, the climbers, the beautiful people who are not all that interested in art because it's beautiful or appeals to them. The background struggles are always interesting and the fishy deals and "grave robberies" attention catching, but somewhere in the mid twentieth century we dive into the sordid, grubby sex lives of the officials, the trustees, the donors and high rollers. That goes on for pages and pages and really doesn't have a lot to do with the museum. It begins to sound a lot like those cheap gossip papers at the check outs at your local grocery.