The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.
Chairman Everett Fahy discusses the gifts of Jayne and Charles Wrightsman, including Vermeer's Study of a Young Woman and Peter Paul Rubens' Rubens, His Wife, Helena Fourment (1614-1673), and One of Their Children. He speaks of the Wrightsmans' collecting dynamic, and the process of building their incredible collection of paintings.
Everett Fahy, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection
Learn more about the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions:
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