Anthony van Dyck, Charles I and Henrietta Maria Holding a Laurel Wreath, 1632, oil on canvas, Arcibiskupský zámek a zahrady v Krom??íži, Krom??íž/Courtesy: The Frick Collection

In a coincidence ordained as if by celestial design, two great masterworks of European painting are joined again temporarily in New York after traveling from their permanent home in the Czech Republic. Although the works appear here in different venues, they are exhibited a scant few blocks apart. Titian’s monumental late Flaying of Marsyas (ca. 1575) strikes the opening, sonorous chord in...

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