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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Art Review

New look at Old Masters in Worcester exhibit

WORCESTER — The Old Masters look crisply new in three recently reinstalled galleries at the Worcester Art Museum. “[remastered],” as the provocative new hang has been called, has so many great things in it that your first thought is to dismiss the idea that WAM’s collection needs special pleading at all.

You can’t go wrong with a lineup that includes El Greco’s “The Repentant Magdalen,” Jusepe de Ribera’s “The Astronomer,” Rembrandt’s “Saint Bartholomew,” and Bernardo Strozzi’s magnificent “The Calling of Saint Matthew” — not to mention great works by Frans Hals, Nicolas Poussin, Sebastiano Ricci, Luca Giordano, Jan Steen, and Jacob van Ruisdael.

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