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.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Traces the storied life and career of the Library's inaugural director
Reveals the historical importance and artistic excellence of Morgan's collection
15th to 17th-century herbals explore the healthful and healing properties of plants
Comprehensive look at the Tiepolos as draftsmen, exploring the role of drawing in their creative process
Charts the economic revolution at the end of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance
A blend of scientific observation and imaginative storytelling, from several institutions in the United Kingdom
A renewed approach to the genre of animal painting alongside drawings by earlier artists
40+ works reflect the Photography department’s two highest priorities
28 drawings from the seventeenth to the twentieth century
75 works +/- (16th to 20th century) highlight connection between Dutch and other European artistic traditions
Exhibition traces the impact of the Ballets Russes across the arts
A first in the US, the Bodleian Library’s extraordinary holdings of writings and photographs related to Kafka
A new page in Charles Dickens’s original manuscript of A Christmas Carol