Philippe de Montebello

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Collecting Old Master Drawings - The Philippe de Montebello Years - A Scholars' Day Workshop

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The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.

Chairman George Goldner speaks about the development of drawings collecting in the United States over the past thirty years, and the formation of an American drawings collecting practice. Goldner considers several American collectors as he takes us through the galleries. Some, like Curtis Baer and John Steiner, collected drawings in the European tradition, whereas other, more personally invloved collectors, like Rudolf and Lore Heinemann, moved from collecting drawings of historic interest, to collecting drawings that stand as works in and of themselves.

George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection

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The Philippe de Montebello Years

Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions

October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009

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In honor of Philippe de Montebello—soon to retire after thirty-one years as the Metropolitan Museum's eighth and longest-serving director—this exhibition proposed and conceived by the curators brings together, for the first time, well over 250 masterpieces acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art during the director's tenure. All of the Museum's curatorial departments are represented by works ranging across the centuries from ancient prehistory to today and across the globe from Europe to Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Acquired by purchase and donation, singularly and in groups, these works demonstrate how the de Montebello years have dramatically enhanced the Museum's encyclopedic collections and encouraged public access to the greatness of the world's artistic traditions.