For a century and a half, the Metropolitan Museum has been building a world-class collection of art and artifacts from around the world, across time. Seventeen curatorial departments study, exhibit, and care for the objects in the Museum's collection.
One of the world's largest art museums, includes American art and decorative arts, European, African, Asian, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek art, Byzantine and Islamic art, and modern art. The Museum's comprehensive collection of medieval and Byzantine art is displayed in both the Main Building and in the northern Manhattan satellite location, The Cloisters museum and gardens.
The Museum mounts dozens of special, temporary exhibitions. It was the Met that invented the "blockbuster" exhibition.
For those wishing to experience the Met’s unparalleled collection or to study masterpieces of painting from throughout history, an important new guide to the masterworks of the museum -- published September, 2016 -- is sure to become a classic.
Whether you go or not, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings (2016) is the first publication to celebrate the greatest and most iconic paintings of one of the largest, most important, and most beloved museums in the world. This impressive volume’s broad sweep of material, all from a single museum, makes it at once a universal history of painting and the ideal introduction to the iconic masterworks of the Metropolitan Museum.
Lavish color illustrations and details of 500 masterpieces, created over 5,000 years in cultures across the globe, are presented chronologically from the dawn of civilization to the present. These works represent a grand tour of painting from ancient Egypt and classical antiquity and prized Byzantine and medieval altarpieces, to paintings from Asia, India, Africa, and the Americas and the greatest European and North American masters. This unprecedented book includes an introduction and illuminating texts about each artwork written by Kathryn Calley Galitz, whose experience as both a curator and educator at the Met makes her uniquely qualified. European and American artists include Duccio, El Greco, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Turner, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, Brueghel, Vermeer, David, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Degas, Sargent, Homer, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol.
Samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements, from the 15th- to 19th-century
More than 120 paintings in three rotations explore landscape in the Chinese visual arts
62 northern-European artworks explore questions of worth
30 works from 1908 excavations in Egypt's Western Desert
Priests' crowns and other items of Buddhist ritual
Drawings of lace structures, couched embroidery, patterned weaves, and handwoven textiles
More than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings
145 works by one of the great creative figures of the 19th century
Haunting figures hover between abstraction and figuration
Some 75 works, organized thematically, present key issues in 17th-century Dutch culture
23 pre-kindergarten through grade twelve students from all five boroughs
Key genres and themes of Korean art, past and present
Some 150 studio portraits of African Americans from the mid-20th century
Thirty works of Polynesian artists, dating from the late-18th to the 19th century
Boxing imagery on vintage cards and other media
100+ works explore the central role of drawing in Delacroix's practice.
1000 years of figural representation, conveying the inner spirit
Some 70 works explore an ancient Egyptian priest's role and burial
Journeys made across land and sea, and into spiritual and imaginative realms
Thirty-three 15th- to 20th-century folios reveal distinctive patterns and embellishments
Explores Tintoretto's portraiture and artistic practice in his workshop
17th & 18th century depictions of the Hindu gods
Forty-five examples trace the evolution of this complex imagery
Some 120 works explore the 11th - 21st century art associated with Genji
125 of daguerreotypes from his Mediterranean journey in the 1840s
A dizzying tour of the former headquarters of the East German secret police
116 masterworks from more than 40 indigenous traditions (2nd to early-20th century)
140 objects reflect a distinct Armenian Christian identity over fourteen centuries
Some 230 objects enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells
Preparatory drawings from the Chippendale workshop and Chippendale-inspired furniture
60 artworks explore the idealizing humanism of Classical Greek art
A much-loved holiday tradition at the Met
Fifteen important London-made firearms, dating c.1760 through 1830
Explores the origins and evolution of the camp aesthetic in fashion