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Past Exhibition

Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman

February 17–May 15, 2022
Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman will be the first exhibition devoted to works on paper by the celebrated French artist who navigated vast artistic and political divides throughout his life—from his birth in Paris in 1748 to his death in exil…
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Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power

March 27, 2021–October 30, 2022
Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals. Manjushri, who cuts through ignorance and personifies correct knowledge; Avalokiteshvara, a compassionate protector of the devout tha…
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Following the nation’s Centennial in 1876, American ceramics, often inspired by Europe, China, and Japan, quickly developed into an art form that demonstrated the nation’s own artistic originality. This exhibition of over 150 works dating from the …
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Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer

December 13, 2021–July 5, 2022
Lacquerware with mother-of-pearl inlay has a long and rich tradition in the history of Korean art. This exhibition showcases nearly thirty outstanding works of Korean lacquerware from The Met collection and marks the Museum’s first exhibition dedic…
Image for Past/Present/Future: Expanding Indigenous American, Latinx, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Perspectives in Thomas J. Watson Library
Past/Present/Future is the culminating exhibition to Thomas J. Watson Library's grant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which aimed to assess and expand the library's collection of underrepresented heritage groups, especi…
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Past Exhibition

In America: An Anthology of Fashion

May 7–September 5, 2022
The Costume Institute’s In America: An Anthology of Fashion is the second portion of a two-part exhibition exploring fashion in the United States. Presented in collaboration with The Met’s American Wing, this section of the exhibition will highligh…
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Margaret Armstrong (1867–1944) was an author, book cover designer, field collector, and botanical illustrator. She was among the most influential designers of her time and a source of inspiration for other female book cover designers including Amy …
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Past Exhibition

Emperors, Artists & Inventors: Transformative Gifts of Fine Arms and Armor

December 21, 2020–February 21, 2022
For thousands of years and in cultures around the world, people have valued finely crafted armor and weapons for reasons that transcend utility, treasuring them for qualities such as innovative design, stunning decoration, use of precious materials…
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Celebrating the Year of the Ox

January 30, 2021–January 17, 2022
The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a repeating 12–year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The association of these creatures with the Chinese calendar began in the third century B.…
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Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art

July 31, 2021–August 14, 2022
This exhibition will explore the twin themes of solitude and togetherness in Chinese art. For more than two thousand years, reclusion—removing oneself from society—has been presented as the ideal condition for mental cultivation and transcending wo…
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Kitao Masanobu (Santō Kyōden)

...numerous masterpieces of woodblock printing, many of which are nearly impossible to find in such fine condition today...

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Mishneh Torah

Master of the Barbo Missal

"...The Met takes a major step in presenting masterpieces of Judaica..."

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Électricité

Man Ray

This remarkably seductive album of photogravures is an exquisite example of his legacy as America's greatest Surrealist photographer...

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Hendrick Avercamp

"...His finished drawings are much rarer, and the present one is among his best of an imaginary landscape..."

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Gilles Michel Louis Moutier-Le Page

...these very pistols spectacularly confirmed that the French were then unsurpassed in their mastery of the gunmaker's art...

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Small Trades

Irving Penn

"The resulting portraits–landmarks in the history of twentieth century photography–are a brilliant update of some 300 years’ interest by artists in producing pictures of small tradesmen, or petit métiers."

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Saint Sebastian

Master of the Furies

When this compelling, transformative statuette of Saint Sebastian became available, it was an opportunity not to be missed, as the Museum has nothing comparable...

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This is one of the most elegant and best-preserved porphyry vessels to have survived from classical antiquity...

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Cartier

The journey of the emerald in this brooch from Colombia, where it originated in its natural state, to seventeenth-century India and back to New York underscores the abiding and universal attraction of great gems.

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Ceremonial ewer



With the daring amalgamation of the whimsical, exotic, and macabre, the sculptural details on this ewer brilliantly show off the distinctive Portuguese interpretation of Renaissance style.

MetCollects introduces highlights of works of art acquired by the Met each year through gifts and purchases.