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Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Standen, Edith A., and Thomas M. Folds, with an introduction by Claus Virch
120 pages
100 illustrations
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Here, each one reproduced in full color, are a hundred of the Museum's finest paintings, carefully chosen to offer a broad account of periods and styles. Eighty-five of the works are from European schools—Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, British—ranging in time from an Epiphany by Giotto to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein. The rest are American paintings, beginning with canvases by Pratt, Copley, and Stuart, continuing with Sargent, Homer, and Eakins, and concluding with a work by Morris Louis, painted in 1961. Long-time favorites are here (Bruegel's The Harvesters, El Greco's View of Toledo, Veronese's Mars and Venus United by Love, Watteau's Mezzetin) as well as extraordinary recent accessions (Rembrandt's Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, La Tour's Fortune Teller, Monet's Terrace at Sainte-Adresse). Each reproduction is accompanied by comment on the painting's origin and significance. Expressly written for this book, these comments are the work of two of the Museum's experienced writers, Edith A. Standen and Thomas M. Folds. Introducing the publication, Claus Virch, Curator of European Paintings, gently warns persons who may unconsciously, through conditioning in our world of superabundant illustrations, settle for a color reproduction in place of the real thing. A book such as this, he notes, first of all hopes to prepare its "readers" for confrontations with the actual paintings. Second, it hopes to guide or refresh memories of the actual paintings. The aptness here of such reminders is partly a tribute to the care with which the hundred reproductions have been color-corrected and seen through the press. The book should appeal to a wide range of readers, both as a splendid sample of the Metropolitan's paintings collections and a stirring reminder of great achievements in art across a span of nearly seven centuries.

The Adoration of the Magi, Giotto di Bondone  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
Giotto di Bondone
possibly ca. 1320
The Journey of the Magi, Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni)  Italian, Tempera and gold on wood
Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni)
ca. 1433–35
Abraham, Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)
ca. 1408–10
Noah, Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)  Italian, Tempera on wood, gold ground
Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)
ca. 1408–10
The Adoration of the Shepherds, Andrea Mantegna  Italian, Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
Andrea Mantegna
shortly after 1450
The Birth of the Virgin, Fra Carnevale (Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini)  Italian, Tempera and oil on wood
Fra Carnevale (Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini)
The Meditation on the Passion, Vittore Carpaccio  Italian, Oil and tempera on wood
Vittore Carpaccio
ca. 1490
Saint Matthew and the Angel, Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo  Italian, Oil on canvas
Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo
Portrait of a Young Man, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano)  Italian, Oil on wood
Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano)
Brother Gregorio Belo of Vicenza, Lorenzo Lotto  Italian, Oil on canvas
Lorenzo Lotto
Bartolomeo Bonghi (died 1584), Giovanni Battista Moroni  Italian, Oil on canvas
Giovanni Battista Moroni
shortly after 1553
Venus and the Lute Player, Titian and Workshop Italian, Oil on canvas
ca. 1565–70
The Finding of Moses, Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)  Italian, Oil on canvas
Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)
Mars and Venus United by Love, Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari)  Italian, Oil on canvas
Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari)
The Musicians, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)  Italian, Oil on canvas
Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)
The Dream of Aeneas, Salvator Rosa  Italian, Oil on canvas
Salvator Rosa
A Woman with a Dog, Giacomo Ceruti  Italian, Oil on canvas
Giacomo Ceruti
The Temptation, Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca)  Italian, Oil on canvas
Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca)
Saint Thecla Praying for the Plague-Stricken, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo  Italian, Oil on canvas
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Grand Canal above the Rialto, Francesco Guardi  Italian, Oil on canvas
Francesco Guardi
late 1760s
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Standen, Edith Appleton, and Thomas M. Folds. 1970. Masterpieces of Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greenwich, Connecticut: Distributed by New York Graphic Society.