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My Met - Keith Christiansen

The Young Virgin

Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings, MMA

Why do we respond to some works of art at first encounter while others remain elusive, revealing themselves to us only slowly, over time? Keith Christiansen discusses some of the pictures that have meant the most to him as well as those he has come to love. He also talks about the comprehensive reinstallation of the European paintings collection that was recently inaugurated, as well as some important acquisitions that he thinks have taken the collection—and him—in a new direction.

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This series is made possible by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.

Above: Francisco de Zurbarán  (Spanish, 1598–1664). The Young Virgin (detail), ca. 1632-33. Oil on Canvas; 46 x 37 in. (116.8 x 94 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Fletcher Fund, 1927 (27.137)

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