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.
30 works from 1908 excavations in Egypt's Western Desert
Explores interplay between writing and picturing in Islamic calligraphy
Some 75 works, organized thematically, present key issues in 17th-century Dutch culture
Thirty works of Polynesian artists, dating from the late-18th to the 19th century
1000 years of figural representation, conveying the inner spirit
116 masterworks from more than 40 indigenous traditions (2nd to early-20th century)
Fifteen important London-made firearms, dating c.1760 through 1830
Fifty+ works explore large-scale abstract painting, sculpture, and assemblage
Imagery of fin-de-siècle Paris offers wit, subversive satire, and wry humor
Two steel and stone sculptures evoke a miniature solar system
Examines the significance of armor at the dawn of the Renaissance
100 works explore the evolution of jewelry in the U.S.
Five drawings—three more than 11' long—depict Acropolis architectural sculptures
"Schumacher's Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpapers Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"
Expressions of power between 1550 and 1750
50+ paintings and 80+ masterworks of decorative arts, from ancient to modern times
New annual commission of sculptures for the Museum facade niches
Some 125 etchings trace the first seventy years of the etched print
9th-century B.C. stone reliefs and their connection to contemporary artist Rayyane Tabet
62 northern-European artworks explore questions of worth
One of the greatest private collections of 20th-century costume
Artistic exchange around the Caribbean before the 16th century
Two monumental paintings commissioned for The Met's Great Hall
Images of the divine in pre-modern China
Highlights the important role of gifts in developing the Met's collection
Exploring a wide range of topics related to Rome and its antiquities