A portrait of the Director as a much-younger man. (Philippe de Montebello moonlighting as a book-jacket model.)

Charles McGrath of the New York Times takes a fascinating look at the thirty-year-long reign of Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello, 71, in tomorrow’s Arts & Leisure section — and the lingering uncertainty about who will follow him in the job. “I think dumbing down is not something that the Met has ever been guilty of,” de Montebello tells McGrath. Except when it comes to books, I guess.