Pierpont Morgan's immense holdings ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings to Chinese porcelains. For his library, Morgan acquired illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. At his death, much of his collection was donated to the Metropolitan Museum and the Wadsworth Athanaeum; the remainder is housed here, in his residence (and modern addition.)
The collection spans from early Mesopotamian and Egyptian through Greco-Roman culture, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond. Art of the ancient world is represented by Near Eastern figurines, Egyptian statuettes, and a Roman bronze statue of Eros. Masterpieces in Renaissance and baroque art include paintings by Hans Memling and Perugino, miniatures on ivory, Lucas Cranach's roundel portraits of Martin Luther and His Wife, and a bas-relief of the Virgin and Child by the 15th-century Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino.
Founded in 1924, the museum and library is housed in a complex of Renaissance and Palladian style buildings designed to be majestic yet intimate. A 2006 renovation and expansion integrates the museum's three historical buildings with three modestly scaled steel-and-glass pavilions connected by a soaring central court which, in the spirit of an Italian piazza, serves as a central gathering place.
European medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts from 11th-16th centuries explore how people thought about time.
The spark of encounter between Hujar and his subjects is chronicled.
18th century small-scale studies of natural and man-made wonders
One man’s struggle for self-expression and how it changed the landscape of American drama
Drawings explore a full range of the artist's work
20+ works reveal technical innovations,and mastery of materials
Illuminated manuscripts explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages
Highlights their graphic styles and influence on one another
Everyday ephemera and five newly discovered drawings
Oil on paper works by artists grappling with depicting the ephemeral effects of movement and light on water