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Chief librarian Ken Soehner on his favorite depictions of books.

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  • Ken Soehner
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  • A Scene in a Library  |  1843–44  |  William Henry Fox Talbot (British)  |  Salted paper print from paper negative  |  Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.172)
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  • Reading at a Table  |  1934  |  Pablo Picasso (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1995 (1996.403.1)  |  © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    8191024
  • Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany  |  Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I–II, ca. 1040–945 b.c.  |  Egyptian; Western Thebes  |  Painted and inscribed papyrus  |  Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
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  • Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany  |  Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I–II, ca. 1040–945 b.c.  |  Egyptian; Western Thebes  |  Painted and inscribed papyrus  |  Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
    1280797
  • The Artist's Portfolio, Pont Aven  |  1894  |  Paul Gauguin (French)  |  Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache, over charcoal, with graphite; outer cover bound in leather, inscribed in pen and ink  |  Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer and Florence B. Selden Bequests, and 1999 Benefit Fund, 2000 (2000.255)
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  • Booklet with Scenes of the Passion  |  carving, ca. 1300; painting, ca. 1310–20  |  Northern France (carving) and Upper Rhine (painting)  |  Elephant ivory, polychromy, gilding  |  The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.399)
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  • Sarcophagus with a Greek physician  |  early 300s  |  Roman; Ostia, Italy  |  Marble  |  Inscribed in Greek: If anyone shall dare to bury another person along with this one, he shall pay to the treasury three times two thousand [whatever the unit was]. This is what he shall pay to [the city of] Portus, but he himself will endure the eternal punishment of the violator of graves  |  Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer, in memory of Joseph Brummer, 1948 (48.76.1)
    1280424
  • Sarcophagus with a Greek physician  |  early 300s  |  Roman; Ostia, Italy  |  Marble  |  Inscribed in Greek: If anyone shall dare to bury another person along with this one, he shall pay to the treasury three times two thousand [whatever the unit was]. This is what he shall pay to [the city of] Portus, but he himself will endure the eternal punishment of the violator of graves  |  Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer, in memory of Joseph Brummer, 1948 (48.76.1)
    12551024
  • Book-Cover Plaque with Christ in Majesty  |  ca. 1210–20  |  Made in Limoges, France  |  French  |  Copper: engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and light blue, turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.798)
    7571024
  • Binding for a Qur'an  |  late 16th century  |  Iran  |  Ottonian  |  Leather binding, stamped, cut, and gilt with turquoise insets  |  Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.222)
    12291024
  • Qur'an Manuscript  |  probably second half 13th century  |  Iraq or Turkey  |  Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; tooled leather binding  |  Fletcher Fund, 1975 (1975.201)
    6711024
  • The Annunciation  |  Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (possibly Hans Memling) (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.7)
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  • The Annunciation  |  Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (possibly Hans Memling) (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.7)
    7591024
  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1485  |  Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine)  |  Tempera, oil, and gold on wood  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
    7581024
  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1485  |  Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine)  |  Tempera, oil, and gold on wood  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
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  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1485  |  Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine)  |  Tempera, oil, and gold on wood  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
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  • Portrait of a Young Man  |  ca. 1760–65  |  Pompeo Batoni (Italian)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.37.1)
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  • A Nobleman Reading  |  ca. 1750–75  |  India  |  Opaque watercolor on paper  |  Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009 (2009.319a, b)
    7771024
  • Portrait of a Young Man  |  1530s  |  Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine)  |  Oil on wood  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.16)
    8071024
  • Portrait of a Young Man  |  1530s  |  Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine)  |  Oil on wood  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.16)
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  • Oleanders  |  1888  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24)
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  • Oleanders  |  1888  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24)
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  • L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911)  |  1888–89  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.3)
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  • L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911)  |  1888–89  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.3)
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  • Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry: Folio 15r, Saint Catherine in her Study  |  1405–1408/9  |  Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France)  |  French; Made in Paris  |  Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1)
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  • Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry: Folio 15r, Saint Catherine in her Study  |  1405–1408/9  |  Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France)  |  French; Made in Paris  |  Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1)
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  • Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768)  |  ca. 1777  |  Anton Raphael Mengs (German)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1948 (48.141)
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  • Comtesse de la Châtre (Marie Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps, 1762–1848), Later Marquise de Jaucourt  |  1789  |  Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1954 (54.182)
    7801024
  • Self-portrait  |  ca. 1665  |  Gerrit Dou (Dutch)  |  Oil on wood  |  Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.607)
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  • Reading in the Subway  |  1926  |  John Sloane (American)  |  Etching  |  Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
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  • Ken Soehner
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  • My name is Ken Soehner. I'm chief librarian at the Metropolitan Museum, and my topic is "Books." Last

  • winter, I was working one Saturday in what we call the book cage, where we lock up some of the rare books. I'm working away, and

  • my daughter, who's eleven, she's sitting on a book truck paging through a book herself, and she leans back, takes in a deep breath and says, "I love that smell!" At that moment she was partaking in a tradition.

  • Each library has its own distinctive smell. There's a lot of organic matter there, after all. There's leather, and there's cotton paper

  • wood pulp paper, and stacks develop their own distinctive scent.

  • For me, the Metropolitan Museum is very much a house of books. Sometimes works of art take the shape of a book, as a

  • beautiful ivory booklet that carries within it a number of stories.

  • A Greek physician on a sarcophagus, he's long gone, but his image

  • of being absorbed in his scrolls is still with us. This is from about 300 A.D. The scrolls are there because the codex, the book as we know it, hadn't been developed yet.

  • There are some books that you'd be very foolish not to judge by the cover. Holy books, whether it's a prayer book or a

  • Qur'an, are decorated, housed in exquisite bindings

  • or written in a manner that exemplifies artistry.

  • Books have a symbolic importance that goes far beyond the text. In Annunciation scenes Mary is interrupted by the Angel Gabriel in her reading.

  • And the fact that she's reading is an expression of her virtue, and also alludes to the story that most of the viewers would know.

  • We also see the Christ child paging through a book with excited enthusiasm. It's not a book handling procedure that I recommend.

  • In fact it exemplifies all the ways that one shouldn't hold a book. Just last week in the library I had to

  • with only a stare, but it seemed sufficient, admonish someone who was tearing through a book.

  • Books are also vocational markers in portraits. They can be symbolic of one's worldliness, that one has traveled the world

  • that one has achieved the status of scholar.

  • In the Bronzino, you see the figure holding a book where it seems as if there's mastery over just about everything. But there's not much worse, other than dropping it in the tub, you can do to a book than

  • sticking your finger in the middle of it and squeezing it with the rest of your hand.

  • I think van Gogh is one of the great painters of books. They are very bookish.

  • They're very much about the materiality of books. They are not props. They're part of the inevitability of everyday life. Oddly

  • enough, they're very often not the sitter's books, but van Gogh's books.

  • It's the self-portrait, in a way, through his books.

  • If I were to choose one of my favorite still lifes, it would be in Saint Catherine's book stand

  • where you see half a dozen books or so, brightly and beautifully colored, in this wonderfully convenient, revolving book stand. To me it's a bouquet of books.

  • The single librarian I can identify is Winckelmann, who is reading his sacred book, The Iliad by Homer. He had worked as a librarian as a part of his life, so he's an especially important figure to me.

  • I think it's going to be many years before there's a formal portrait where the sitter

  • is clutching his or her Kindle or iPad. I'm not at all concerned that the

  • interest in the book is going to disappear. Of course, we're increasingly electronic, but the printed book is

  • still essential to us.

  • 2005.100.172
    A Scene in a Library, 1843–44, William Henry Fox Talbot (British), Salted paper print from paper negative Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.172)
  • 1996.403.1
    Reading at a Table, 1934, Pablo Picasso (Spanish), Oil on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1995 (1996.403.1) © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 30.3.31
    Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I–II, ca. 1040–945 b.c., Egyptian; Western Thebes, Painted and inscribed papyrus Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
  • 2000.255_av2
    The Artist's Portfolio, Pont Aven, 1894, Paul Gauguin (French), Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache, over charcoal, with graphite; outer cover bound in leather, inscribed in pen and ink Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer and Florence B. Selden Bequests, and 1999 Benefit Fund, 2000 (2000.255)
  • 1982.60.399
    Booklet with Scenes of the Passion, carving, ca. 1300; painting, ca. 1310–20, Northern France (carving) and Upper Rhine (painting), Elephant ivory, polychromy, gilding The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.399)
  • 48.76.1
    Sarcophagus with a Greek physician, early 300s, Roman; Ostia, Italy, Marble, Inscribed in Greek: If anyone shall dare to bury another person along with this one, he shall pay to the treasury three times two thousand [whatever the unit was]. This is what he shall pay to [the city of] Portus, but he himself will endure the eternal punishment of the violator of graves Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer, in memory of Joseph Brummer, 1948 (48.76.1)
  • 17.190.798
    Book-Cover Plaque with Christ in Majesty, ca. 1210–20, Made in Limoges, France, French, Copper: engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and light blue, turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.798)
  • 56.222
    Binding for a Qur'an, late 16th century, Iran, Ottonian, Leather binding, stamped, cut, and gilt with turquoise insets Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.222)
  • 1975.201
    Qur'an Manuscript, probably second half 13th century, Iraq or Turkey, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; tooled leather binding Fletcher Fund, 1975 (1975.201)
  • 17.190.7
    The Annunciation, Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (possibly Hans Memling) (Netherlandish), Oil on wood Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.7)
  • 49.7.10
    Madonna and Child, ca. 1485, Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine), Tempera, oil, and gold on wood The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
  • 03.37.1
    Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1760–65, Pompeo Batoni (Italian), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.37.1)
  • 2009.319a,b
    A Nobleman Reading, ca. 1750–75, India, Opaque watercolor on paper Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009 (2009.319a, b)
  • 29.100.16
    Portrait of a Young Man, 1530s, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine), Oil on wood H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.16)
  • 62.24
    Oleanders, 1888, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24)
  • 51.112.3
    L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911), 1888–89, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.3)
  • 54.1.1_v005
    Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry: Folio 15r, Saint Catherine in her Study, 1405–1408/9, Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France), French; Made in Paris, Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1)
  • 48.141
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768), ca. 1777, Anton Raphael Mengs (German), Oil on canvas Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1948 (48.141)
  • 54.182
    Comtesse de la Châtre (Marie Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps, 1762–1848), Later Marquise de Jaucourt, 1789, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French), Oil on canvas Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1954 (54.182)
  • 14.40.607
    Self-portrait, ca. 1665, Gerrit Dou (Dutch), Oil on wood Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.607)
  • 26.30.159
    Reading in the Subway, 1926, John Sloane (American), Etching Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
  • A Scene in a Library, 1843–44, William Henry Fox Talbot (British), Salted paper print from paper negative Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.172)
    Reading at a Table, 1934, Pablo Picasso (Spanish), Oil on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1995 (1996.403.1) © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I–II, ca. 1040–945 b.c., Egyptian; Western Thebes, Painted and inscribed papyrus Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
    The Artist's Portfolio, Pont Aven, 1894, Paul Gauguin (French), Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache, over charcoal, with graphite; outer cover bound in leather, inscribed in pen and ink Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer and Florence B. Selden Bequests, and 1999 Benefit Fund, 2000 (2000.255)
    Booklet with Scenes of the Passion, carving, ca. 1300; painting, ca. 1310–20, Northern France (carving) and Upper Rhine (painting), Elephant ivory, polychromy, gilding The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.399)
    Sarcophagus with a Greek physician, early 300s, Roman; Ostia, Italy, Marble, Inscribed in Greek: If anyone shall dare to bury another person along with this one, he shall pay to the treasury three times two thousand [whatever the unit was]. This is what he shall pay to [the city of] Portus, but he himself will endure the eternal punishment of the violator of graves Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer, in memory of Joseph Brummer, 1948 (48.76.1)
    Book-Cover Plaque with Christ in Majesty, ca. 1210–20, Made in Limoges, France, French, Copper: engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and light blue, turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.798)
    Binding for a Qur'an, late 16th century, Iran, Ottonian, Leather binding, stamped, cut, and gilt with turquoise insets Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.222)
    Qur'an Manuscript, probably second half 13th century, Iraq or Turkey, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; tooled leather binding Fletcher Fund, 1975 (1975.201)
    The Annunciation, Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (possibly Hans Memling) (Netherlandish), Oil on wood Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.7)
    Madonna and Child, ca. 1485, Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine), Tempera, oil, and gold on wood The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
    Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1760–65, Pompeo Batoni (Italian), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.37.1)
    A Nobleman Reading, ca. 1750–75, India, Opaque watercolor on paper Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009 (2009.319a, b)
    Portrait of a Young Man, 1530s, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine), Oil on wood H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.16)
    Oleanders, 1888, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24)
    L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911), 1888–89, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.3)
    Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry: Folio 15r, Saint Catherine in her Study, 1405–1408/9, Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France), French; Made in Paris, Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1)
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768), ca. 1777, Anton Raphael Mengs (German), Oil on canvas Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1948 (48.141)
    Comtesse de la Châtre (Marie Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps, 1762–1848), Later Marquise de Jaucourt, 1789, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French), Oil on canvas Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1954 (54.182)
    Self-portrait, ca. 1665, Gerrit Dou (Dutch), Oil on wood Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.607)
    Reading in the Subway, 1926, John Sloane (American), Etching Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    8000–2000 B.C.
    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
    1600–1800 A.D.
    1800–1900 A.D.
    1900–Present

    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    A Scene in a Library
    1843–44
    William Henry Fox Talbot (British)
    Salted paper print from paper negative
    Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.172)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Reading at a Table
    1934
    Pablo Picasso (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1995 (1996.403.1)
    © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    On view: Gallery 901
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany
    Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I–II, ca. 1040–945 b.c.
    Egyptian; Western Thebes
    Painted and inscribed papyrus
    Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
    On view: Gallery 126
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    The Artist's Portfolio, Pont Aven
    1894
    Paul Gauguin (French)
    Two inside covers decorated in watercolor and gouache, over charcoal, with graphite; outer cover bound in leather, inscribed in pen and ink
    Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer and Florence B. Selden Bequests, and 1999 Benefit Fund, 2000 (2000.255)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Booklet with Scenes of the Passion
    carving, ca. 1300; painting, ca. 1310–20
    Northern France (carving) and Upper Rhine (painting)
    Elephant ivory, polychromy, gilding
    The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.399)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Sarcophagus with a Greek physician
    early 300s
    Roman; Ostia, Italy
    Marble
    Inscribed in Greek: If anyone shall dare to bury another person along with this one, he shall pay to the treasury three times two thousand [whatever the unit was]. This is what he shall pay to [the city of] Portus, but he himself will endure the eternal punishment of the violator of graves
    Gift of Mrs. Joseph Brummer and Ernest Brummer, in memory of Joseph Brummer, 1948 (48.76.1)
    On view: Gallery 300
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Book-Cover Plaque with Christ in Majesty
    ca. 1210–20
    Made in Limoges, France
    French
    Copper: engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and light blue, turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.798)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Binding for a Qur'an
    late 16th century
    Iran
    Ottonian
    Leather binding, stamped, cut, and gilt with turquoise insets
    Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.222)
    Not on view
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Qur'an Manuscript
    probably second half 13th century
    Iraq or Turkey
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; tooled leather binding
    Fletcher Fund, 1975 (1975.201)
    Not on view
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    The Annunciation
    Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (possibly Hans Memling) (Netherlandish)
    Oil on wood
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.7)
    On view: Gallery 640
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Madonna and Child
    ca. 1485
    Filippino Lippi (Italian, Florentine)
    Tempera, oil, and gold on wood
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.10)
    On view: Gallery 603
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Portrait of a Young Man
    ca. 1760–65
    Pompeo Batoni (Italian)
    Oil on canvas
    Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.37.1)
    On view: Gallery 620
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    A Nobleman Reading
    ca. 1750–75
    India
    Opaque watercolor on paper
    Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009 (2009.319a, b)
    Not on view
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Portrait of a Young Man
    1530s
    Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine)
    Oil on wood
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.16)
    On view: Gallery 609
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Oleanders
    1888
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24)
    On view: Gallery 826
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911)
    1888–89
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.3)
    On view: Gallery 826
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry: Folio 15r, Saint Catherine in her Study
    1405–1408/9
    Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France)
    French; Made in Paris
    Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum
    The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 013

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768)
    ca. 1777
    Anton Raphael Mengs (German)
    Oil on canvas
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1948 (48.141)
    On view: Gallery 620
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Comtesse de la Châtre (Marie Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps, 1762–1848), Later Marquise de Jaucourt
    1789
    Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1954 (54.182)
    On view: Gallery 613
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Self-portrait
    ca. 1665
    Gerrit Dou (Dutch)
    Oil on wood
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.607)
    On view: Gallery 634
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Reading in the Subway
    1926
    John Sloane (American)
    Etching
    Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor

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