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Why is the virgin Mary so sad in this piece?

Mar 13, 2013 2 MINUTES
"It's an expression that can be dead, unless we engage ourselves in it."

Curator Keith Christiansen on "Madonna and Child," a painting by Berlinghiero.

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Throughout 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world. Each episode is interpreted by a Museum photographer.

Photography by Mark Morosse

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Consortium, Edward Barbieri, Director, 'I sat down under his shadow' by Edward C Bairstow © Oxford University Press 1925. All rights reserved. Recorded 1998 on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Deux-Elles Limited, DXL827

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