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.
Standing in front of Triumph of Fame, one of six tapestries based in part on Petrarch's poem I Trionfi, Director Thomas Campbell speaks about the history of tapestry collecting in early twentieth-century America, and the challenge of discovering significant pieces in good condition.
Malcolm Daniel, curator, Department of Photographs, 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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