Stories of unlikely yet joyous reunions are invariably heartwarming and, moreover, make for excellent copy: comrades-in-arms who, as survivors, embrace for the first time in decades; long-lost offspring rejoining a family incapable of comprehending its good fortune—the variations are both infinite and infinitely moving. Albeit with considerably less drama, The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) was the recent venue where several paintings, rather than people, were reunited. It was a significant and satisfying event, both historically and artistically.

In the attractive and spacious second-floor area that the Museum occupies in the American Bible Society building at 61st Street and Broadway, curators of several institutions collaborated in bringing together for the first time fragments of a major fourteenth-century altarpiece: a masterpiece by the Sienese painter Bartolo...

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