Current Exhibitions

  • Goya and the Altamira Family

    Goya and the Altamira Family

    Through August 3, 2014

    This exhibition features Goya's four portraits of members of the Altamira family, including the so-called Boy in Red, one of the Metropolitan Museum's most beloved Old Master paintings. Also on view is a fifth Altamira portrait, by Agustín Esteve. This is the first time these family portraits—now dispersed in public and private collections in Spain and the United States—have been seen together as a group.

  • Design Motifs in Byzantine Art

    Design Motifs in Byzantine Art

    Through August 3, 2014

    Many of the textiles found in Egypt, the southernmost province of the Byzantine Empire, are woven in linen and wool and decorated with a great variety of motifs. Meant to be worn and to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the works on view in this exhibition feature designs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity.

  • Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection (May 13–August 31, 2014)

    Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection

    Through August 31, 2014

    This exhibition provides a close look at more than eighty pieces that came to the Museum through a significant 2007 gift from collector Donna Schneier. The pieces—designed by some eighty-eight artists from seventeen countries—date from the 1960s to the present and include the work of modern master jewelers and avant-garde jewelry makers.

  • Bill Wasilevich, American, active 1940s, Jimmy "One Eye" Collins After Arraignment, 1946

    Now You See It: Photography and Concealment

    Through September 1, 2014

    Photography is a medium prized for its capacity to expose, lay bare, make visible. This exhibition presents a selection of contemporary photographs and video from the permanent collection that variously explores the medium's dynamic interplay between concealment and revelation.

  • Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, 1439–1501). Design for a Wall Monument, ca. 1490(?)

    Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection

    Through September 1, 2014

    This exhibition features masterpieces of Central and Southern Italian drawing spanning the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Among the forty-two works, Florentine drawings are especially well represented by such celebrated Renaissance masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Antonio Pollaiuolo, while among the Southern Italian examples is a rare sheet attributed to Antonello da Messina.

  • The Flowering of Edo Period Painting Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

    The Flowering of
    Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

    Through September 7, 2014

    This exhibition draws on the holdings of noted American collectors Robert and Betsy Feinberg, who have created one of the outstanding private collections of Edo period painting outside of Japan. The exhibition consists of more than ninety works of Japanese painting, including twelve sets of folding screens and a number of hanging scrolls. There will be two complete rotations, each exhibiting about forty-five works.

  • Giovanni Battista Tiepolo | Caricature of a Fat Man, Seen From Behind

    Tiepolo Caricatures from the Robert Lehman Collection

    Through September 28, 2014

    This exhibition of drawings by Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo from the Robert Lehman Collection presents a cast of characters shared between father and son. Conventions of gesture, rhetoric, costume, and performance are considered in this small selection of caricatures.

  • Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) | Danaë | 1979.620.73

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through September 29, 2014

    The summer rotation in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery focuses on a selection of drawings and prints from southern Europe and Mexico and covers over 450 years of art in different media.

  • A Musician Charms a Mrig (Antelope); folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes) (detail)

    Ragamala: Picturing Sound

    Through December 14, 2014

    A ragamala, translated from Sanskrit as "garland of ragas," is a series of paintings depicting a range of musical melodies known as ragas. This exhibition features Indian paintings and musical instruments from the Museum's collection.

  • Amie Siegel | Provenance | June 23, 2014-January 4, 2015

    Amie Siegel: Provenance

    Through January 4, 2015

    Amie Siegel's three-part installation, Provenance, will be shown in its entirety for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum. Provenance is a touchstone in Siegel's work, with its accumulative, cinematic representation of economic and political cycles.

  • Elephant and Two Boys

    Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings

    Through March 8, 2015

    Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. Although jade, the mineral nephrite, was held in the highest esteem, all stones that could achieve a luster after polishing, be it agate, turquoise, malachite, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, or lapis lazuli, were also appreciated.

  • Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880–1910)

    Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880–1910)

    Through March 15, 2015

    Technically experimental and aesthetically ambitious, the vases made by French potters in the years around 1900 pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium. The recently acquired Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of European Art Pottery includes pieces by the master ceramists Ernest Chaplet, Auguste Delaherche, and Jean Carriès, works of imposing size, beautiful in shape, and dazzling in their glazes.

  • Fabergé

    Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection

    Through November 27, 2016

    This selection of works by Fabergé from Matilda Geddings Gray's sumptuous collection is on long-term loan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Iconic works from the House of Fabergé have not been on public view in New York since 2004.