Introduction by Thomas P. Campbell
This completely reconceived and rewritten guide to the Metropolitan’s encyclopedic holdings, first published in English in 2012, is now available in six additional languages—Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The first new edition of the Museum’s guidebook in nearly thirty years, it provides a handsome, accessible introduction to almost 600 masterpieces from one of the world’s most renowned and popular museums—the perfect companion both for visitors and for those who wish to study the collections at home.
Featuring a compelling and elegant design, beautiful color reproductions, and up-to-date descriptions written by the Museum's own experts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide provides a comprehensive view of art history that spans the globe and more than five millennia, from the ancient world to the present. It includes media as varied as painting, photography, costume, sculpture, decorative arts, musical instruments, arms and armor, works on paper, and many more. Presenting works ranging from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing to Canova’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa to Sargent’s Madame X, this is an indispensable volume for lovers of art and art history, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of lingering over the Metropolitan Museum’s most iconic works of art.
Additional foreign-language editions are now being planned for publication in 2014.
Thomas P. Campbell is Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
February 7, 2013