Become a Member today and join us for Member Preview Days on December 10 and 11 to see The Met’s European Paintings galleries in a new light. 

Encompassing 21 newly refurbished galleries, A New Look at Old Masters will explore a variety of themes, creating new dialogues among the works you have come to know and enjoy, including a large presentation of sculpture. This is a prelude to the final, expansive re-installation of the galleries for European Paintings (1250–1800) that will take place after the European Paintings Skylights Project is completed. 

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While one gallery will highlight the creation of still life and genre painting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, two others will provide an overview of oil sketches from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, leading up to the Museum’s unsurpassed collection of works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. 

The eighteenth-century French galleries will take up such themes as the study of expression, François Boucher and the decorative arts, and the role of female artists, who finally found a place in the academy. You’ll also be able to see sculpture busts by Jean Antoine Houdon of the essential figures of the Enlightenment: Denis Diderot and Voltaire. 

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Thursday, December 10, 12–5 pm
Friday, December 11, 10 am–5 pm 

The Met Fifth Avenue
Galleries 601–606, 608, 614–627

A New Look at Old Masters The Collection of European Paintings