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Perino del Vaga, Design for a Festival Boat or Barge (?), 1501-47, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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THE MET’S NEW "HOLY FAMILY"
by Paul Jeromack



The Metropolitan Museum had a good week at the annual Old Master sales at Sotheby’s New York in January. At a time when budgets are tight and acquisition funds scarce, it’s unusual for any American museum to bid directly at auction and even more exceptional for it to win -- and rarer still when both lots in question are by the same artist.

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