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Art = Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, foreword by Max Hollein
448 pages
1000 illustrations
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned collection spans the globe and represents over five thousand years of human creativity. This innovative book celebrates the Museum’s 150th anniversary and highlights its the most popular works while offering fresh ways of exploring visual culture from prehistory to the present. Art = also celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Met’s award-winning online feature, the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. The book draws on the diversity of interests expressed by the Museum’s online visitors by featuring wide-ranging texts and images from the most viewed webpages of this popular digital project.

Unlike traditional surveys of art history, this volume groups works of art by thematic keywords, providing a new perspective on these well-known paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts, and much more. The nearly 900 works of art in Art = appear across three color-coded chapters: Material/Technique, Period/Place/Style, and Object/Subject. In the first section, works of art are grouped by medium or method such as Drawing, Marble, Watercolor, and Wood. The second section organizes work by time period, movement, or geography, allowing readers to focus on topics such as Ancient Egyptian Art, Impressionism, and Japanese Art. The third section arranges work by motifs, such as Flowers, Food, and Motherhood and by object type, like Furniture, Jewelry, and Self-Portrait. Art = also features more than 160 informative essays written by the Museum’s experts that offer additional cultural and historical context. Color-coded symbols link each essay and work of art to other essays and keywords. The publication’s dynamic structure provides an experience that is different on each reading, inspiring new connections and raising the question: What does art equal today?

Kushite Pharaoh, Bronze; gold leaf
ca. 713–664 B.C.
Buddha Offering Protection, Copper alloy, India (probably Bihar)
India (probably Bihar)
late 6th–early 7th century
Bell (niuzhong), Bronze, China
early 5th century BCE
Bronze statue of Eros sleeping, Bronze, Greek
3rd–2nd century BCE
Bronze man and centaur, Bronze, Greek
ca. 750 BCE
Winter, Jean Antoine Houdon  French, Bronze, French, Paris
Tall Figure, Alberto Giacometti  Swiss, Bronze
Plate, John Monday  American, Earthenware; Redware with sgraffito decoration, American
Bowl with Courtly and Astrological Motifs, Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
late 12th–early 13th century
Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water), Marlay Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic
ca. 430 BCE
Terracotta oinochoe (wine jug), Chigi Group, Terracotta, Greek, Corinthian
ca. 625 BCE
Saint Michael the Archangel, Andrea della Robbia  Italian, Glazed terracotta, Italian, Florence
ca. 1475
Terracotta female figure, Terracotta, Helladic, Mycenaean
Helladic, Mycenaean
ca. 1400–1300 BCE
Vessel with Women and Goats, Paul Gauguin  French, Stoneware, French, Paris
ca. 1887–89
Dish in the Shape of a Double Fan with Arched Handle, Stoneware with underglaze iron brown and copper-green glaze (Mino ware, Oribe type), Japan
late 16th–early 17th century
The Zouave, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Reed pen and brown ink, wax crayon and watercolor, over graphite on wove paper
ca. June 20, 1888
Portrait of Alain de Coëtivy (1407–1474), Jean Fouquet  French, Metalpoint, black chalk on white prepared paper
ca. 1451–55
A Gathering at Wood's Edge, Jean Honoré Fragonard  French, Red chalk
ca. 1770–73
Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper, Edgar Degas  French, Graphite heightened with black and white chalk on pink wove paper (now faded); squared for transfer
Study for the Equestrian Monument to Francesco Sforza, Antonio Pollaiuolo  Italian, Pen and brown ink, light and dark brown wash; outlines of the horse and rider pricked for transfer.
early to mid 1480s
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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), Gwen Roginsky, Rachel High, Rebecca Morrill, and Diane Fortenberry, eds. 2020. Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History. London : New York, NY: Phaidon Press Limited ; The Metropolitan Museum of Art.