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.
A selection of the finest examples of Chinese and Mogul jades
300 works of luxury arts in the Americas, 1000 BC-16th century
120+ works of 18th-century Mexican painting explore seven main themes
More than 120 paintings in three rotations explore landscape in the Chinese visual arts
Explores imagery on 20 textiles and 50 lacquers, from the 13th-19th century
40 works demonstrate the breadth of his career
Works by artists whose output subverts rigorous formalism
62 northern-European artworks explore questions of worth
20 utilitarian weavings from nomadic cultures in Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus
30 works from 1908 excavations in Egypt's Western Desert
Explores Cole's American landscape art within a global context
Twelve 16th-century silver-gilt standing cups (more than 1 foot high)
Reunion of nearly a dozen shadow boxes with the Gris painting that inspired them
150 paintings explore the 19th-century reshaping of the French landscape
30 works present 18th-century to contemporary visual imagery of an iconic site
The Costume Institute's Spring 2018 exhibition
A selection of works illustrate the dog's role in Chinese daily life.
Works by Wegman and his contemporaries survey Conceptual art in Southern California
Priests' crowns and other items of Buddhist ritual
Examples of monumental-scale Tsesah crest masks by Bamileke artists
Major retrospective reviews Hockney's career from 1960 to the present
From more than 50 lenders, what visitors encountered at court, 1682 - 1789
30 works by self-taught southern African American artists
75 dye transfer prints from color negatives made between 1965 and 1974
60 artworks explore the idealizing humanism of Classical Greek art
Drawings of lace structures, couched embroidery, patterned weaves, and handwoven textiles
Works of 18 American artists working in Italy, late 18th- to early 20th- century.
Samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements, from the 15th- to 19th-century