This past weekend I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It was amazing. So much better than I remembered… except for one thing. One of the huge contributing factors I went was to see “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent. This painting is such a big deal. It is of the most prolific paintings made by Sargent because it after it was painted, it caused quite the scandal! It is a painting of a well-known Parisian socialite. Sargent painted her very sensuously, looking to her left, only showing her distinct profile. He also painted one of her straps falling off her shoulder, (later changing it) causing outrage to all those that viewed it at the grand salon in 1884. She was a married woman after all! It was a humiliation to her, and amounted to a failure as a portrait painter in France for Sargent. He ended up moving to London permanently. He said of the painting: “I suppose it is the best thing I have ever done.” If you were the curator of the Met, would you hang “Madame X” in the “visible storage” area of your museum? Where the only way to see it would be very close, behind a glaring piece of glass, and hanging with no frame? Yeah, neither would I.