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Detail view of Charles Le Brun's monumental painting "Everhard Jabach and His Family," depicting a wealthy European family in an ornately decorated room

Charles and Jayne Wrightsman and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles and Jayne Wrightsman had a transformative impact on the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art that cannot be overstated. Their gifts of art and funding for the Museum's acquisitions reveal their eye for quality and their considerable scholarship. Extraordinary contributions include ninety-four superlative European paintings and pastels, significant drawings and prints, fashion, and rare books and bindings. Their exquisite French furniture and decorative arts, Jayne's particular passion, are displayed in the specially endowed Wrightsman Galleries.

Their magnificent legacy is explored in this feature, which will be updated periodically until a complete catalogue of every Wrightsman work in the Museum is represented.

President's and Director's Introduction

Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO, and Max Hollein, Director

A Director's Trustee: Jayne Wrightsman

Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus

The Wrightsmans' Old Masters

Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings

The Wrightsmans and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

James David Draper, Curator Emeritus, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Drawings and Prints from the Wrightsman Collection

Perrin Stein, Curator, and Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints

Charles and Jayne Wrightsman—Sublime Collectors: A Short History

Katharine Baetjer, Curator Emerita, Department of European Paintings

Jayne Wrightsman and The Costume Institute

Harold Koda, Former Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute

Jayne Wrightsman: Bibliophile Extraordinaire

Kenneth Soehner, Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian

Charles and Jayne Wrightsman: In Photographs

Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Wrightsman

Related Publications

Met publications on the Wrightsman Collection

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Works of art in The Met's Wrightsman Collection