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Friends of European Paintings

This special group offers collectors and people passionate about art an opportunity to interact more dynamically with the collection and curators of the Department of European Paintings. The department's holdings, long a cornerstone of the Museum, range from a rare Madonna and Child by the renowned Sienese painter Duccio to a dazzling display of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pictures. Its Old Master galleries exhibit exceptional works by 17th-century Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer; fine examples of Velázquez and his 17th-century Spanish compatriots; and a rich array of early Netherlandish and Italian paintings, constituting one of the preeminent showcases in the United States for western European painting from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The French 19th-century collection, featuring luminaries from Ingres to Seurat and presenting monographic rooms devoted to Courbet, Degas, Monet, and other celebrated figures, is second only to France's national museums.

The Friends of European Paintings are invited to partake in private viewings and concerts, behind-the-scenes tours and talks, and exhibition previews and opening receptions.

Annual dues: $10,000 ($8,892 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $5,500 ($4,468 is tax deductible)

For more information, please call 212-650-2829 or email

Highlights of Past Events

  • Curatorial tours of exhibitions
  • Visits to private collections
  • Behind-the-scenes visits to the Sherman Fairchild Center for Paintings Conservation
  • Discussions with curators regarding new acquisitions
  • Private concerts of period music complementing works on view

Above: Louis Léopold Boilly (French, 1761–1845). The Public Viewing David's "Coronation" at the Louvre (detail), 1810. Oil on canvas; 24 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (61.6 x 82.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2012 (2012.156)