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A New Look at Old Masters - The Collection of European Paintings The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Jan 26, 2021 — Jun 21, 2022

In preparation for the re-installation of The Met's European Paintings galleries in 2022, A New Look at Old Masters brings some of the museum's outstanding European works to the fore.

The exhibition is a thematic journey with fascinating new groupings and contrasts. Move from still life and genre painting in the 16th and 17th centuries, through a 300-year overview of oil...

In preparation for the re-installation of The Met's European Paintings galleries in 2022, A New Look at Old Masters brings some of the museum's outstanding European works to the fore.

The exhibition is a thematic journey with fascinating new groupings and contrasts. Move from still life and genre painting in the 16th and 17th centuries, through a 300-year overview of oil sketches, the art of the Grand Siècle, French Neoclassical painting, and more.

Stand in the presence of masterpieces by the likes of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Peter Paul Rubens, and marvel at the depth of The Met's famous collection.

A New Look at Old Masters will explore a variety of themes in The Met's collection of European painting, creating new dialogues among the works and including a large presentation of sculpture.

While one gallery will highlight the creation of still life and genre painting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, two others will provide an overview of oil sketches from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, leading up to the Museum's unsurpassed collection of works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

A large gallery will display portraiture in the Grand Siècle, juxtaposing outstanding paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck with Charles Le Brun's monumental family portrait of the banker Everhard Jabach.

The eighteenth-century French galleries will take up such themes as the study of expression, François Boucher and the decorative arts, and the role of female artists, who finally found a place in the academy.

The Met's unique collection of French Neoclassical painting, dominated by gifts from Jayne Wrightsman, will be installed with sculptured busts by Jean Antoine Houdon of the essential figures of the Enlightenment: Denis Diderot and Voltaire. These are just a few examples of the novel themes that will be on display.

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