The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New European Paintings Galleries

by Paula Terán

New York , opened in 23. May 2013

This is not a temporary exhibition. This is the ‘total’ exhibition. The ‘new’ permanent exhibition and the new home of some of the most amazing works of art in the world: the collection of European Old Master paintings, from 13th through the early 19th century (1250-1800), owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rubens, His Wife and Their Son, Ca.1635, Peter Paul Rubens. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rubens, His Wife and Their Son, Ca.1635, Peter Paul Rubens. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The galleries where these works were previously installed have been renovated for the first time since 1951 and re-opened in May this year.
A total of 45 galleries are able to show now more than 700 paintings, organized both cronologically and geographically.

During the last four decades, the collection of European Paintings has been increased with gifts and bequests from collectors as well as important museum’s acquisitions such as the portrait of ‘Juan de Pareja’ by Velazquez in 1971, ‘Study of a Young Woman’ by Vermeer in 1979, ‘Venus and Cupid’ by Lorenzo Lotto, in 1986, ‘Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment, and Their Son Frans’ by Rubens, in 1988 or ‘Denial of Saint Peter’ by Caravaggio, acquired in 1997.

The Harvesters, 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Oil on wood. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Harvesters, 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Oil on wood. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The collection begins with the presentation of the Nothern schools, German, Dutch, Flemish and British and it includes paintings by Jan van Eyck, Bruegel, Patinir, Memling, Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Rubens and Sir Thomas Lawrence, among others.

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653, Rembrandt van Rijn. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653, Rembrandt van Rijn.
Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

It continues with the Italian painting, divided between the Renaissance, with Giotto, Duccio, Raphael and Titian, and the 17th and 18th centuries, showing works from Carraci, Caravaggio, Canaletto or Tiepolo. Also the French painting is present with works from 17th and 18th centuries.

Finally, the Spanish great paintings by Ribera, El Greco, Velázquez and Murillo, and, at the very end of the path, Goya which paintings are show in a gallery, alone, giving him the deserved protagonism, as the master between the past and the present.

View of Toledo, 1596-1600, El Greco. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

View of Toledo, 1596-1600, El Greco.
Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Breathtaking: what a splendid and magic place to enjoy!

As usual, some useful information for your visit:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/
  • Opening hours: Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m; Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m
  • Ticket Prices and Sales: Recommended: Adults: 25$; Seniors (65 and older): 17$; Students: 12$; Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): Free.

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Museo Metropolotiano de Arte: Nuevas Galerías de Pintura Europea de los años 1250-1800.

Nueva York, re-apertura desde el 23. Mayo 2013.

Esta no es una exposición temporal. Es la ‘exposición total’. La ‘nueva’ exposición permanenete y el nuevo hogar de algunas de las más increíbles obras de arte del mundo: la colección de pintura europea de maestros antiguos, desde el siglo XIII hasta comienzos del siglo XIX (1250-1800), que posee el Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York.

Juan de Pareja, 1650, Velázquez. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Juan de Pareja, 1650, Velázquez. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Las galerías donde anteriomente se encontraban estas obras, han sido ahora renovadas por primera vez desde 1951, y abiertas de nuevo en mayo de este año.

Un total de 45 galerías hacen posible mostrar más de 700 cuadros, organizados tanto cronológicamente como geográficamente.

Durante las últimas cuatro décadas, la colección de Pintura Europea del museo se ha ido incrementando con donaciones y legados de coleccionistas, así como importantes adquisiciones realizadas por el museo, tales como el retrato de ‘Juan de Pareja’ de Velazquez en 1971, ‘Estudio de una Mujer Jóven’ de Vermeer en 1979, ‘Venus y Cupido’ de Lorenzo Lotto, en 1986, ‘Rubens, Su Mujer Helena Fourmet, y su Hijo Frans’ de Rubens, en 1988 o ‘La Negación de San Pedro’ de Caravaggio, adquirido 1997.

The Denial of Saint Peter, Ca. 1610, Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Denial of Saint Peter, Ca. 1610, Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

La colección comienza presentando las escuelas del Norte, la escuela alemana, la holandesa, la flamenca y la inglesa, que incluyen obras de Jan van Eyck, Bruegel, Patinir, Memling, Durero, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Rubens o Sir Thomas Lawrence, entre otros.

Continúa con la pintura italiana, dividida entre la pintura del Renacimiento, con Giotto, Duccio, Rafael o Tiziano, y la pintura de los siglos XVII y XVIII que muestra las obras de artistas como Carraci, Caravaggio, Canaletto o Tiepolo. También la pintura francesa está presente con obras fundamentalmente de los siglos XVII y XVIII.

Venus y Cupido, late 1520s, Lorenzo Lotto Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York.

Venus y Cupido, late 1520s, Lorenzo Lotto
Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York.

Por último la gran pintura española de Ribera, El Greco, Velázquez y Murillo y, al final del camino, Goya cuyas pinturas se muestran en una galería, solas, dando al artista el merecido protagonismo como maestro entre el pasado y el presente. 

En definitiva, ¡un impresionante y mágico lugar que disfrutar!

Como es habitual, aquí se incluye alguna información útil para la visita: 

  • Página web del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York: http://www.metmuseum.org/
  • Horario: de domingo a jueves: de 10.00h a 17.30h; viernes y sábado de 10.00h a 21.00h.
  • Tarifas y venta de entradas (precios recomendados) General: 25$; Seniors (a partir de años): 17$; Estudiantes: 12$; Niños menores de 12 años (acompañados por un adulto): entrada gratuíta.
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