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Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Burn, Barbara
320 pages
316 illustrations
9.5 x 12 in
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a living encyclopedia of world art. Cultures from every part of the world—from Florence to Thebes, from Pennsylvania to Papua, New Guinea—from the ancient world to the present, and in every medium, are represented, frequently at the highest levels of quality. This book presents over 250 of the finest masterpieces in the Metropolitan's collection, drawn from more than three million works in eighteen different curatorial departments. Some of these splendid objects, such as the Temple of Dendur, Botticelli's Annunciation, Rembrandt's Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, and Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware, are very famous; others, including a rare Chinese scroll, a drawing by Michelangelo, and an ornate Turkish sword, are less well known. All are remarkable and unique. The works have been arranged in a generally chronological order by culture, beginning with ancient Egypt and ending with the twentieth century in Europe and America. Each reproduction is accompanied by a text that includes pertinent information about the work.

Amenhotep III in the Blue Crown, Quartzite
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Guardian Figure, Cedar wood, plaster, paint
ca. 1919–1885 B.C.
Pectoral and Necklace of Sithathoryunet with the Name of Senwosret II, Gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise, garnet (pectoral)<br/>Gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise, green feldspar (necklace)
ca. 1887–1878 B.C.
Travelling Boat being Rowed, Wood, paint, gesso, linen twine and linen fabric
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Coffin of Khnumnakht, Wood, paint
ca. 1850–1750 B.C.
The King's Acquaintances Memi and Sabu, Limestone, paint
ca. 2575–2465 B.C.
Sandals, Gold sheet
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
Hinged Cuff Bracelet, Gold, carnelian, turquoise, glass
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
Hinged Cuff Bracelet, Gold, carnelian, glass
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, Indurated limestone, paint
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Fragment of a Queen's Face, Yellow jasper
ca. 1390–1336 B.C.
Akhenaten Sacrificing a Duck, Limestone, paint
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Two Princesses, Limestone, paint
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Lower Face and Shoulders of Akhenaten, Limestone, paint
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Canopic Jar (07.226.1) with a Lid Depicting a Queen (30.8.54), Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), blue glass, obsidian, unidentified stone
ca. 1349–1330 B.C. or shortly thereafter
Kneeling Statue of Yuny, Limestone, paint
ca. 1294–1279 B.C.
Magical Stela (Cippus of Horus), Meta-Greywacke
360–343 B.C.
The Temple of Dendur, Aeolian sandstone
completed by 10 B.C.
Outer Coffin of the Chantress of Amun-Re Henettawy, Wood, gesso, paint, varnish
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
Cat Statuette intended to contain a mummified cat, Leaded bronze
332–30 B.C.
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———. 1997. Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Edited by Barbara Burn. Rev. ed. A Bulfinch Press Book. Boston: Bulfinch Pr.