Taste

Intern Diana Greenwald and curator of drawings and prints George Goldner discuss where taste comes into play with Museum acquisitions.

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I can't imagine that there's anything made in the east that I would dislike as much as I dislike Courbet, whom I know and have detested for decades.

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  • Diana Greenwald and George Goldner
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  • Marble statue of the Three Graces  |  2nd century a.d.; Roman  |  Marble  |  Purchase, Philodoroi, Lila Acheson Wallace, Mary and Michael Jaharis, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Leon Levy Foundation, The Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 2010 (2010.260)
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  • Marble statue of the Three Graces  |  2nd century a.d.  |  Roman  |  Marble  |  Purchase, Philodoroi, Lila Acheson Wallace, Mary and Michael Jaharis, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Leon Levy Foundation, The Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 2010 (2010.260)
    8961024
  • Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi)  |  second half of 19th century  |  Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo  |  Wood, metal, resin, enamel  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Laura G. and James J. Ross, Jeffrey B. Soref, The Robert T. Wall Family, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G. Clyman, and Steven Kossak Gifts, 2008 (2008.30)
    6131024
  • Administrative tablet with cylinder seal impression of a male figure, hunting dogs, and boars  |  3100–2900 b.c.; Jemdet Nasr period (Uruk III script)  |  Mesopotamia  |  Clay  |  Purchase, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gift, 1988 (1988.433.1)
    11341024
  • Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)  |  ca. 1427–1432  |  Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish)  |  South Netherlands (modern Belgium), Tournai  |  Oil paint on oak  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70)
    1280646
  • The Lamentation  |  ca. 1582  |  Ludovico Carracci (Italian, Bolognese)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts; Harris Brisbane Dick, Rogers, and Gwynne Andrews Funds; Pat and John Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Jon and Barbara Landau Gifts; Gift of Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; and Victor Wilbour Memorial, Marquand, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment, and Charles B. Curtis Funds, 2000 (2000.68)
    1280708
  • Woman with a Parrot  |  1866  |  Gustave Courbet (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.57)
    1280839
  • After the Hunt  |  ca. 1859  |  Gustave Courbet (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.61)
    8021024
  • Young Communards in Prison (Les Fédérés à la Conciergerie)  |  1871  |  Gustave Courbet (French)  |  Black chalk (rubbed) on wove paper  |  Gift of Guy Wildenstein, 1999 (1999.251)
    5551024
  • Young Communards in Prison (Les Fédérés à la Conciergerie)  |  1871  |  Gustave Courbet (French)  |  Black chalk (rubbed) on wove paper  |  Gift of Guy Wildenstein, 1999 (1999.251)
    9141024
  • The Musicians  |  ca. 1595  |  Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, Lombard)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Rogers Fund, 1952 (52.81)
    1280989
  • The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao)  |  1896  |  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)  |  Lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper  |  Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.55.50)
    8061024
  • Jeremiah Dictating the Word of God to Baruch  |  Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish), after Raphael (Italian)  |  Red chalk, brush and red wash, body color, heightened with white, on paper washed with pink  |  Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rupp Gift, 1995 (1995.401)
    8641024
  • Study of a Left Leg and Drapery  |  ca. 1545–50  |  Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine)  |  Black chalk  |  Promised Gift of David M. Tobey, and Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 2006 (2006.449)
    6881024
  • Static-Dynamic Gradation  |  1923  |  Paul Klee (German, born Switzerland)  |  Oil and gouache on paper, bordered with gouache, watercolor, and ink  |  The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.12)  |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
    6991024
  • Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)  |  1950  |  Jackson Pollock (American)  |  Enamel on canvas  |  George A. Hearn Fund, 1957 (57.92)  |  © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    1280649
  • Giant  |  by 1818  |  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)  |  Spanish  |  Burnished aquatint, 1st state  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.42)
    7561024
  • Giant  |  by 1818  |  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)  |  Spanish  |  Burnished aquatint, 1st state  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.42)
    12081024
  • Venus and Adonis  |  Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.16)
    12721024
  • The Three Trees  |  1643  |  Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)  |  Etching with drypoint and engraving  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
    1280985
  • Garden at Sainte-Adresse  |  1867  |  Claude Monet (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967 (67.241)
    1280972
  • Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest  |  ca. 1761–65  |  Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French)  |  Brush and brown wash over black chalk underdrawing  |  Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; Guy Wildenstein Gift; Louis V. Bell Fund; The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund; Kristin Gary Fine Art Gift; and funds from various donors, 2009 (2009.236)
    1280921
  • Two Men Contemplating the Moon  |  ca. 1825–30  |  Caspar David Friedrich (German)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
    12801021
  • Diana Greenwald and George Goldner
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  • Diana: I'm Diana Greenwald. I am a summer intern at the Met. George: I'm George Goldner, I'm a curator of drawings and prints at the Museum. Diana: We are here today to discuss taste.

  • Diana: There's a really wonderful essay written by David Hume called "The Standard of Taste," and the trick of it is that he never actually puts forth any sort of standard except what he calls "the test of time," which is that

  • something continually and over an extended period of time has an aesthetic effect on numerous people. Can we have an aesthetic experience with that sort of pull over years and years and years

  • to something that comes from outside of our cultural vocabulary? George: Of course one can, and many people do. I think it is true that the more remote something is, the harder it is, the more work it is to understand it and

  • react to it and I think that's a function of education. So probably the areas that I'm better educated in, in general, I'm more responsive to the art of those places

  • works like the Merode Altarpiece, which is one of the greatest Netherlandish paintings in the world. But it's also true that just because you are immersed in something doesn't mean you like it.

  • In that case I don't love the Caracci but it does clearly document what is provably, by historical Diana: Yes. George: reckoning, an important moment. I think I would say that the things I know best, I have the most extreme reactions to, good and bad. I can't imagine that there's anything made in the east that I would dislike as much as I dislike

  • Courbet, whom I know and have detested for decades. Diana: Why do you hate Courbet? George: I think he's not only a gross artist and a vulgar artist, but he's someone who revels in

  • grossness and vulgarity. I think he's technically not a particularly brilliant artist.

  • He couldn't draw at all, which is a bad sign. And I think that part of his reputation is based on who he was and the kind of persona he was,

  • on being provocative rather than how wonderful his art is. Diana: So but is it still worth collecting, even if you don't like it? George: What should a museum's mandate be?

  • Is it to pick what's good irrespective of who the person was? I mean after all, Caravaggio was a terrible person by all accounts and there are a great many artists who had many unpleasant points of view that

  • most people today wouldn't like very much. Should we take them off the wall in place of people who are fashionable? Diana: More savory? George: I know this sounds very banal, I like artists who are

  • good. In other words, who can draw well, who make beautiful things. Art is a visual experience to me. Diana: Okay.

  • George: I always find it disturbing when one has to explain the beauty of a work of art. It's one of the reasons I never liked

  • modern art, is that it always comes with an incredibly long explanation and I always feel that that's buttressing something that isn't there.

  • It's like if you have to explain the ingredients of a meal before it becomes tasty, it's probably not all that tasty. So I think the very best things, I mean if you look at

  • Goya's colossus, there's nothing to know about it, I mean nobody knows what it really represents, and probably no one ever will know, but it's an amazingly powerful, haunting image

  • and just about everybody I know who's ever seen it finds it a real knockout. So

  • my understanding is museums do exist to elevate and to teach people, and to provide them with standards of different types. Diana: So is the primary way that a museum educates is by presenting objects that people could have a reaction to?

  • George: Yes, I think people should go to a museum and choose the things that they find personally engaging

  • and not be dragged around by what other people tell them is important or interesting or beautiful. And that

  • one becomes engaged with works of art in a natural experience the same way you do if you're driving along

  • in the country, one person will find one bit of landscape appealing, another person will not, and that's how you become engaged with it

  • and that the rest of it is contrived.

  • 2010.260
    Marble statue of the Three Graces, 2nd century a.d.; Roman, Marble Purchase, Philodoroi, Lila Acheson Wallace, Mary and Michael Jaharis, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Leon Levy Foundation, The Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 2010 (2010.260)
  • 2008.30_av1
    Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi), second half of 19th century, Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo, Wood, metal, resin, enamel Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Laura G. and James J. Ross, Jeffrey B. Soref, The Robert T. Wall Family, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G. Clyman, and Steven Kossak Gifts, 2008 (2008.30)
  • 1988.433.1
    Administrative tablet with cylinder seal impression of a male figure, hunting dogs, and boars, 3100–2900 b.c.; Jemdet Nasr period (Uruk III script), Mesopotamia, Clay Purchase, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gift, 1988 (1988.433.1)
  • 56.70
    Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–1432, Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish), South Netherlands (modern Belgium), Tournai, Oil paint on oak The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70)
  • 2000.68
    The Lamentation, ca. 1582, Ludovico Carracci (Italian, Bolognese), Oil on canvas Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts; Harris Brisbane Dick, Rogers, and Gwynne Andrews Funds; Pat and John Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Jon and Barbara Landau Gifts; Gift of Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; and Victor Wilbour Memorial, Marquand, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment, and Charles B. Curtis Funds, 2000 (2000.68)
  • 29.100.57
    Woman with a Parrot, 1866, Gustave Courbet (French), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.57)
  • 29.100.61
    After the Hunt, ca. 1859, Gustave Courbet (French), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.61)
  • 1999.251
    Young Communards in Prison (Les Fédérés à la Conciergerie), 1871, Gustave Courbet (French), Black chalk (rubbed) on wove paper Gift of Guy Wildenstein, 1999 (1999.251)
  • 52.81
    The Musicians, ca. 1595, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, Lombard), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1952 (52.81)
  • 49.55.50
    The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao), 1896, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.55.50)
  • 1995.401
    Jeremiah Dictating the Word of God to Baruch, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish), after Raphael (Italian), Red chalk, brush and red wash, body color, heightened with white, on paper washed with pink Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rupp Gift, 1995 (1995.401)
  • 2006.449
    Study of a Left Leg and Drapery, ca. 1545–50, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine), Black chalk Promised Gift of David M. Tobey, and Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 2006 (2006.449)
  • 57.92
    Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950, Jackson Pollock (American), Enamel on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1957 (57.92) © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 35.42
    Giant, by 1818, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Spanish, Burnished aquatint, 1st state Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.42)
  • 49.7.16
    Venus and Adonis, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.16)
  • 29.107.31
    The Three Trees, 1643, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Etching with drypoint and engraving H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
  • 67.241
    Garden at Sainte-Adresse, 1867, Claude Monet (French), Oil on canvas Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967 (67.241)
  • 2009.236
    Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest, ca. 1761–65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French), Brush and brown wash over black chalk underdrawing Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; Guy Wildenstein Gift; Louis V. Bell Fund; The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund; Kristin Gary Fine Art Gift; and funds from various donors, 2009 (2009.236)
  • 2000.51
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30, Caspar David Friedrich (German), Oil on canvas Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
  • Marble statue of the Three Graces, 2nd century a.d.; Roman, Marble Purchase, Philodoroi, Lila Acheson Wallace, Mary and Michael Jaharis, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Leon Levy Foundation, The Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 2010 (2010.260)
    Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi), second half of 19th century, Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo, Wood, metal, resin, enamel Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Laura G. and James J. Ross, Jeffrey B. Soref, The Robert T. Wall Family, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G. Clyman, and Steven Kossak Gifts, 2008 (2008.30)
    Administrative tablet with cylinder seal impression of a male figure, hunting dogs, and boars, 3100–2900 b.c.; Jemdet Nasr period (Uruk III script), Mesopotamia, Clay Purchase, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gift, 1988 (1988.433.1)
    Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–1432, Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish), South Netherlands (modern Belgium), Tournai, Oil paint on oak The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70)
    The Lamentation, ca. 1582, Ludovico Carracci (Italian, Bolognese), Oil on canvas Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts; Harris Brisbane Dick, Rogers, and Gwynne Andrews Funds; Pat and John Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Jon and Barbara Landau Gifts; Gift of Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; and Victor Wilbour Memorial, Marquand, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment, and Charles B. Curtis Funds, 2000 (2000.68)
    Woman with a Parrot, 1866, Gustave Courbet (French), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.57)
    After the Hunt, ca. 1859, Gustave Courbet (French), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.61)
    Young Communards in Prison (Les Fédérés à la Conciergerie), 1871, Gustave Courbet (French), Black chalk (rubbed) on wove paper Gift of Guy Wildenstein, 1999 (1999.251)
    The Musicians, ca. 1595, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, Lombard), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1952 (52.81)
    The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao), 1896, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.55.50)
    Jeremiah Dictating the Word of God to Baruch, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish), after Raphael (Italian), Red chalk, brush and red wash, body color, heightened with white, on paper washed with pink Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rupp Gift, 1995 (1995.401)
    Study of a Left Leg and Drapery, ca. 1545–50, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine), Black chalk Promised Gift of David M. Tobey, and Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 2006 (2006.449)
    Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950, Jackson Pollock (American), Enamel on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1957 (57.92) © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Giant, by 1818, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Spanish, Burnished aquatint, 1st state Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.42)
    Venus and Adonis, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.16)
    The Three Trees, 1643, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Etching with drypoint and engraving H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
    Garden at Sainte-Adresse, 1867, Claude Monet (French), Oil on canvas Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967 (67.241)
    Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest, ca. 1761–65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French), Brush and brown wash over black chalk underdrawing Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; Guy Wildenstein Gift; Louis V. Bell Fund; The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund; Kristin Gary Fine Art Gift; and funds from various donors, 2009 (2009.236)
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30, Caspar David Friedrich (German), Oil on canvas Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Marble statue of the Three Graces
    2nd century a.d.; Roman
    Marble
    Purchase, Philodoroi, Lila Acheson Wallace, Mary and Michael Jaharis, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Leon Levy Foundation, The Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Moran, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen, Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and Nicholas S. Zoullas Gifts, 2010 (2010.260)
    On view: Gallery 162
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Mangaaka Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi)
    second half of 19th century
    Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, Chiloango River Region; Kongo
    Wood, metal, resin, enamel
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Laura G. and James J. Ross, Jeffrey B. Soref, The Robert T. Wall Family, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney G. Clyman, and Steven Kossak Gifts, 2008 (2008.30)
    On view: Gallery 350
    Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the AmericasFirst Floor
    Administrative tablet with cylinder seal impression of a male figure, hunting dogs, and boars
    3100–2900 b.c.; Jemdet Nasr period (Uruk III script)
    Mesopotamia
    Clay
    Purchase, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gift, 1988 (1988.433.1)
    On view: Gallery 402
    Ancient Near Eastern ArtSecond Floor
    Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)
    ca. 1427–1432
    Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish)
    South Netherlands (modern Belgium), Tournai
    Oil paint on oak
    The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 019

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    The Lamentation
    ca. 1582
    Ludovico Carracci (Italian, Bolognese)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts; Harris Brisbane Dick, Rogers, and Gwynne Andrews Funds; Pat and John Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Jon and Barbara Landau Gifts; Gift of Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; and Victor Wilbour Memorial, Marquand, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment, and Charles B. Curtis Funds, 2000 (2000.68)
    On view: Gallery 601
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Woman with a Parrot
    1866
    Gustave Courbet (French)
    Oil on canvas
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.57)
    On view: Gallery 811
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    After the Hunt
    ca. 1859
    Gustave Courbet (French)
    Oil on canvas
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.61)
    On view: Gallery 811
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Young Communards in Prison (Les Fédérés à la Conciergerie)
    1871
    Gustave Courbet (French)
    Black chalk (rubbed) on wove paper
    Gift of Guy Wildenstein, 1999 (1999.251)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    The Musicians
    ca. 1595
    Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, Lombard)
    Oil on canvas
    Rogers Fund, 1952 (52.81)
    On view: Gallery 621
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao)
    1896
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)
    Lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper
    Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949 (49.55.50)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Jeremiah Dictating the Word of God to Baruch
    Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish), after Raphael (Italian)
    Red chalk, brush and red wash, body color, heightened with white, on paper washed with pink
    Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rupp Gift, 1995 (1995.401)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Study of a Left Leg and Drapery
    ca. 1545–50
    Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano) (Italian, Florentine)
    Black chalk
    Promised Gift of David M. Tobey, and Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 2006 (2006.449)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)
    1950
    Jackson Pollock (American)
    Enamel on canvas
    George A. Hearn Fund, 1957 (57.92)
    © 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    On view: Gallery 921
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Giant
    by 1818
    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)
    Spanish
    Burnished aquatint, 1st state
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.42)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Venus and Adonis
    Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian)
    Oil on canvas
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.16)
    On view: Gallery 607
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Three Trees
    1643
    Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)
    Etching with drypoint and engraving
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Garden at Sainte-Adresse
    1867
    Claude Monet (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, special contributions and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1967 (67.241)
    On view: Gallery 818
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest
    ca. 1761–65
    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French)
    Brush and brown wash over black chalk underdrawing
    Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; Guy Wildenstein Gift; Louis V. Bell Fund; The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund; Kristin Gary Fine Art Gift; and funds from various donors, 2009 (2009.236)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon
    ca. 1825–30
    Caspar David Friedrich (German)
    Oil on canvas
    Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
    On view: Gallery 807
    European PaintingsSecond Floor

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