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The Art Newspaper, the foremost international source of art news, asks today if the Metropolitan Museum of Art is behaving like the Cosa Nostra. “Omertà and oral history might seem a contradiction in terms, but great museums move in mysterious, some might say Sicilian ways as the writer Michael Gross discovered,” it observes. In writing anything at all about The Book That Must Not Be Mentioned, The Art Newspaper is breaking the ring of silence that has surrounded Rogues’ Gallery since it was first pubished last year. Some dare call it news. For much of the art press, however, the Sicilian saying holds: Cu è surdu, orbu e taci, campa cent’anni ‘mpaci (“He who is deaf, blind, and silent will live a hundred years in peace”).