By HOLLAND COTTER, The New York Times, Feb. 12, 2015
New York, USA -- Religious images live switched-on, switched-off lives. I remember walking through the National Museum in Kyoto, Japan, some years back, taking in its rows of Buddhist sculpture, and being stopped by one piece, not because it was especially beautiful - it wasn’t - but because a vase with a single fresh flower had been placed in front of it, like an offering in a temple. I stayed with the image because someone - a guard? a visitor? - was telling me, in terms I don’t often think of in museums, that it was important, in a personal, spiritual way.