When An Art Museum Transforms Into A Cathedral

03/31/2014 08:10 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2014

The world's big national museums are deeply glamorous places. We keep quiet in their hallowed halls, we wander the galleries in reverence, we look at a caption here and there - but, sometimes, if we're honest, deep in our hearts, we may be asking ourselves quite what we're doing there.

Art enjoys unparalleled prestige in the modern world, but the reasons for this are rarely explained in plain terms. Just why does art matter?

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