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  • Thomas P. Campbell
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  • The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar  |  ca. 1600; Safavid  |  Iran (Isfahan)  |  Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper  |  Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
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  • The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar  |  ca. 1600; Safavid  |  Iran (Isfahan)  |  Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper  |  Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
    12591024
  • Woods and Valleys of Mount Yu  |  Yuan dynasty, dated 1372  |  Ni Zan (Chinese)  |  Hanging scroll; ink on paper  |  Inscribed by the artist (upper right) and by the Qianlong emperor  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of the Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.8)
    3921024
  • Woods and Valleys of Mount Yu  |  Yuan dynasty, dated 1372  |  Ni Zan (Chinese)  |  Hanging scroll; ink on paper  |  Inscribed by the artist (upper right) and by the Qianlong emperor  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of the Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.8)
    8041024
  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1300  |  Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese)  |  Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
    7931024
  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1300  |  Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese)  |  Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
    1280745
  • Madonna and Child  |  ca. 1300  |  Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese)  |  Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
    9631024
  • Fragment of the face of a queen  |  New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 b.c.  |  Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil  |  Yellow jasper  |  Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1396)
    10961024
  • 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
  • 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
    1280947
  • David and Abigail  |  mid-17th century  |  English  |  Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished  |  Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1325)
    1280996
  • David and Abigail  |  mid-17th century  |  English  |  Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished  |  Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1325)
    1280983
  • Jar  |  Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century  |  Korea  |  White porcelain  |  The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
    9131024
  • Jar  |  Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century  |  Korea  |  White porcelain  |  The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
    9131024
  • Jar  |  Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century  |  Korea  |  White porcelain  |  The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
    9131024
  • Court dress  |  ca. 1750  |  British  |  Blue silk taffeta brocaded with silver thread  |  Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1965 (C.I.65.13.1a–c)
    11321024
  • Court dress  |  ca. 1750  |  British  |  Blue silk taffeta brocaded with silver thread  |  Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1965 (C.I.65.13.1a–c)
    8191024
  • A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius  |  1449  |  Petrus Christus (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
    8901024
  • A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius  |  1449  |  Petrus Christus (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
    1280810
  • A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius  |  1449  |  Petrus Christus (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on wood  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
    8711024
  • Bowl  |  10th century  |  Samarqand (Uzbekistan) or Nishapur (Iran)  |  Earthenware, red body, white engobe, underglaze-painted  |  Rogers Fund, 1965 (65.106.2)
    10241024
  • The Dance Class  |  1874  |  Edgar Degas (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1)
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  • The Dance Class  |  1874  |  Edgar Degas (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1)
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  • La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table)  |  1845  |  Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian)  |  Marble  |  Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    8751024
  • La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table)  |  1845  |  Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian)  |  Marble  |  Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    8281024
  • La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table)  |  1845  |  Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian)  |  Marble  |  Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    1280960
  • La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table)  |  1845  |  Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian)  |  Marble  |  Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    9121024
  • Narcissus  |  Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)  |  Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    1280702
  • Narcissus  |  Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)  |  Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    1280554
  • Narcissus  |  Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)  |  Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    1280331
  • Narcissus  |  Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)  |  Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    1280213
  • Burgonet  |  1543  |  Made by Filippo Negroli  |  Italian (Milan)  |  Steel, embossed and damascened with gold  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1720)
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  • Burgonet  |  1543  |  Made by Filippo Negroli  |  Italian (Milan)  |  Steel, embossed and damascened with gold  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1720)
    1280942
  • Thomas P. Campbell
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  • I'm Tom Campbell. I'm the director of the Metropolitan Museum, and my topic is "The Edge."

  • I think often what's going on at the edge of a picture activates it. Sometimes it's easier to come to an object from the outside in

  • seeing how the artist has played with the edges, or pushed against the edges,

  • the way the edges record the history of an object

  • give away the character, the inner soul of an object. It's a kind of a game I play.

  • So many of the works of art have been removed from their original context. The edges sometimes tell us that story. Our Duccio, its original frame has

  • on the bottom edge indentations where the frame has been burned by votive candles placed beneath the painting. You think of all of the people who've knelt or

  • looked carefully at this picture, trying to communicate with something beyond.

  • The edge of a work of art is a physical reminder of the medium, where you see the grain of the stone from which the sculpture's carved, or

  • where the staples hold the canvas onto the frame. You're reminded of the moment of genesis, what the artist started from. In this Jackson Pollock, I find my eye follow out the calligraphic wheels of paint. I always think about

  • how those that stayed on the canvas became part of this iconic painting, while the splatters that fell outside the edge of the canvas remained on the floor.

  • Edges provoke the history. In this beautiful, half-finished embroidery, made in England in the mid-seventeenth century, the stitching is so minute, the colors are as fresh as the day it was made, and you've still got all of

  • the ink lines of the pattern that the embroiderer was going to fill in, and yet didn't. And one wonders what happened. Was the maker of this embroidery a victim of the English Civil War? Did they die of the plague? Those edges provoke that question.

  • Edges are so resonant in terms of the silhouette, the outline

  • of this Moon jar, where you feel the wetness of the clay

  • slightly sagging under its own weight.

  • Or mid-eighteenth-century dresses where the silhouette is outrageous. You think of the guests having to step aside quickly as the lady wearing this ball gown came

  • barreling through, or no doubt tiptoeing through very daintily.

  • Very often, it's the edges of a work of art where you find the evidence that's going to help you understand it. In this Petrus Christus painting of a goldsmith and couple buying a wedding ring from him

  • you've got an inscription giving the name of the artist and the date he made it, but also the bottom edge of the picture is a

  • trompe l'oeil window shelf, and there's a little mirror balanced on the edge. So you're seeing people who are looking into the window over your shoulder.

  • Sometimes edges are challenges. The artist had to incorporate decoration within a strange shape of a functional object. You have the calligraphy thrown out against the edge of this bowl, almost like a centrifugal, explosive force driving the letters out from the center, giving a meaning, but also a beautiful pattern.

  • I love it when an artist makes me think that every square inch of the work is considered. He's been there. The Dance Class: the center of action is, of course, in the middle, where we've got young dancers going through their paces. You can hear the thud of the dancers' feet on the floor. But out on the left hand side, there's a girl, almost out of the frame of the picture,

  • her back turned to the main action. Degas makes you very conscious of the independent thought of all these different people in the room. He's gone right out to the edges of this canvas.

  • The soul of a work of art comes through at certain edges. For me, the part that

  • ignites this sculpture is one of the sleeping boys right up against the edge of the table.

  • His hand is under his cheek as his hair falls out of the space of the table. The sculptor had to anticipate this gentle, humane gesture and carve that

  • before he even began to explore the depth of this marble.

  • Edges take on a different dimension when you get into Chinese paintings. You have these

  • scrolls, sometimes five, ten, twenty feet long

  • so there's always this tantalizing sense of what would be seen

  • beyond the edge if you were to unscroll it further.

  • It's not always easy to get into a work of art. You have to think your way into it. But I always find that

  • the edge, the outline, the profile, the exposure of the underlying material helps

  • ground me as I go about my work.

  • 63.210.11
    The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid, Iran (Isfahan), Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
  • 1973.120.8
    Woods and Valleys of Mount Yu, Yuan dynasty, dated 1372, Ni Zan (Chinese), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Inscribed by the artist (upper right) and by the Qianlong emperor Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of the Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.8)
  • 2004.442
    Madonna and Child, ca. 1300, Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese), Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
  • 26.7.1396
    Fragment of the face of a queen, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 b.c., Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil, Yellow jasper Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1396)
  • 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
  • 64.101.1325
    David and Abigail, mid-17th century, English, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1325)
  • 1979.413.1
    Jar, Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century, Korea, White porcelain The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
  • C.I.65.13.1a-c
    Court dress, ca. 1750, British, Blue silk taffeta brocaded with silver thread Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1965 (C.I.65.13.1a–c)
  • 1975.1.110
    A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius, 1449, Petrus Christus (Netherlandish), Oil on wood Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
  • 65.106.2
    Bowl, 10th century, Samarqand (Uzbekistan) or Nishapur (Iran), Earthenware, red body, white engobe, underglaze-painted Rogers Fund, 1965 (65.106.2)
  • 1987.47.1
    The Dance Class, 1874, Edgar Degas (French), Oil on canvas Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1)
  • 03.11a-d
    La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table), 1845, Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian), Marble Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
  • 1973.120.4_av1
    Narcissus, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), Zhao Mengjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
  • 17.190.1720
    Burgonet, 1543, Made by Filippo Negroli, Italian (Milan), Steel, embossed and damascened with gold Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1720)
  • The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid, Iran (Isfahan), Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
    Woods and Valleys of Mount Yu, Yuan dynasty, dated 1372, Ni Zan (Chinese), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Inscribed by the artist (upper right) and by the Qianlong emperor Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of the Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.8)
    Madonna and Child, ca. 1300, Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese), Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
    Fragment of the face of a queen, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 b.c., Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil, Yellow jasper Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1396)
    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
    David and Abigail, mid-17th century, English, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1325)
    Jar, Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century, Korea, White porcelain The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
    Court dress, ca. 1750, British, Blue silk taffeta brocaded with silver thread Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1965 (C.I.65.13.1a–c)
    A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius, 1449, Petrus Christus (Netherlandish), Oil on wood Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
    Bowl, 10th century, Samarqand (Uzbekistan) or Nishapur (Iran), Earthenware, red body, white engobe, underglaze-painted Rogers Fund, 1965 (65.106.2)
    The Dance Class, 1874, Edgar Degas (French), Oil on canvas Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1)
    La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table), 1845, Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian), Marble Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    Narcissus, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), Zhao Mengjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    Burgonet, 1543, Made by Filippo Negroli, Italian (Milan), Steel, embossed and damascened with gold Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1720)
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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.

    The Conference of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar
    ca. 1600; Safavid
    Iran (Isfahan)
    Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper
    Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.11)
    On view: Gallery 455
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Woods and Valleys of Mount Yu
    Yuan dynasty, dated 1372
    Ni Zan (Chinese)
    Hanging scroll; ink on paper
    Inscribed by the artist (upper right) and by the Qianlong emperor
    Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of the Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.8)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Madonna and Child
    ca. 1300
    Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, Sienese)
    Tempera and gold on wood, with original engaged frame
    Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
    On view: Gallery 625
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Fragment of the face of a queen
    New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 b.c.
    Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil
    Yellow jasper
    Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1396)
    On view: Gallery 121
    Egyptian ArtFirst 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
    David and Abigail
    mid-17th century
    English
    Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, back, and cross stitches; unfinished
    Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1325)
    On view: Gallery 517
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Jar
    Joseon dynasty, second half of 18th century
    Korea
    White porcelain
    The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
    On view: Gallery 233
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Court dress
    ca. 1750
    British
    Blue silk taffeta brocaded with silver thread
    Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1965 (C.I.65.13.1a–c)
    Not on view
    The Costume InstituteFirst Floor
    A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly Saint Eligius
    1449
    Petrus Christus (Netherlandish)
    Oil on wood
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.110)
    On view: Gallery 953
    The Robert Lehman CollectionFirst Floor
    Bowl
    10th century
    Samarqand (Uzbekistan) or Nishapur (Iran)
    Earthenware, red body, white engobe, underglaze-painted
    Rogers Fund, 1965 (65.106.2)
    On view: Gallery 450
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    The Dance Class
    1874
    Edgar Degas (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986 (1987.47.1)
    On view: Gallery 815
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    La Table aux Amours (The Demidoff Table)
    1845
    Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian)
    Marble
    Gift of Le Duc de Loubat, 1903 (03.11a–d)
    On view: Gallery 555
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Narcissus
    Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
    Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink on paper
    Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Burgonet
    1543
    Made by Filippo Negroli
    Italian (Milan)
    Steel, embossed and damascened with gold
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1720)
    On view: Gallery 374
    Arms and ArmorFirst Floor

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