by Jerry Saltz
You can have your Prado, your National Gallery, your Hermitage. New York’s magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art is not only the finest encyclopedic museum of art in the United States. It is arguably the finest institution of its kind in the world. Unlike the Louvre, it is comfortable and easy to use. You can get to all the work without having to navigate hot spots of tourists or trudge forever to get to things. Plus you never feel like you’re in someone’s former palace.