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Look Again: European Paintings 1300–1800

Curious how European Paintings relate to contemporary concerns like family, relationships, class and identity? Listen to Met experts share their observations and respond to questions from viewers like you, including a psychoanalyst, food historian, photographer and poet. Paintings can be personal…what’s your take?

5000. Introduction

Look Again: European Paintings 1300–1800


NARRATOR: Hello, and welcome to the European Paintings galleries. In this Audio Guide, you’re invited to "look again" at some of The Met's much-loved masterpieces and discover...what’s compelling about them today?


DR. ORNA GURALNIK: It made me laugh a lot, this painting. It's just like, wild.

PRIYANCA RAO: This painting really reminds me of my childhood.

RABBI SAMANTHA FRANK: It's an image that maybe reinforces stereotypes, and it doesn't challenge you.

WOLOHOJIAN: It's very much the way today you often have a registry when you get married and fill a household with wonderful things.

TIFFANY RACCO: ...even though it plays to a certain shock value, it likely wasn’t seen as bizarre per se.

NARRATOR: You’ll hear ideas from Met curators and experts. And how they respond to questions and observations from visitors like you.


LINDA CIVITELLO: I'm a food historian.

JIM NATAL: I’m a poet.

ORNA GURALNIK: I am a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst.

BETHANY PASTORIAL: I’m an equine photographer.

NARRATOR: We all look through unique lenses. What appears? For some, it’s ideas about family and relationships. Others question how they present class or identity.

JIM NATAL: You know, being human is still being human, whether you’re in the 1600s or in the 2000s.

NARRATOR: Paintings can be personal, and these galleries hold endless perspectives across time. What’s yours?

This Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.


  1. 5000. Introduction
  2. 5058. Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement
  3. 5178. The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment
  4. 5079. Venus and Cupid
  5. 5075. Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
  6. 5179. The Harvesters
  7. 5238. Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
  8. 5237. A Bouquet of Flowers
  9. 5181. Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
  10. 5031. Merrymakers at Shrovetide
  11. 5224. The Annunciation
  12. 5162. Madonna and Child
  13. 5198. The Musicians
  14. 5874. View of Toledo
  15. 5026. Wolf and Fox Hunt
  16. 5180. Juan de Pareja
  17. 5235. Cottage Children
  18. 5019. Self-Portrait with Two Pupils
  19. 5020. Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794) and His Wife (Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze, 1758-1836)
  20. 5236. Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792)