"Venice and the Islamic World" at the Met

What inspired Renaissance artists? According to a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was the Islamic world. Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 showcases works that borrowed from the eastern traditions. Blake Gopnik of the Washington Post has the story.

"It's all about the fact of the contacts between Venice and the East. It demonstrates how many of the styles and objects that look classically 'European' to our eyes actually have their roots in Islam."