A Grand Reopening: New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800

New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800


The Met's world-renowned collection of European Old Master paintings from the thirteenth through the early nineteenth century have reopened after an extensive renovation and reinstallation. This is the first major renovation of the galleries since 1951 and the first overall reinstallation of the collection since 1972. Increased in size by almost one-third, the space now accommodates the display of more than seven hundred paintings in forty-five galleries, including one rotating special exhibition gallery.


A Tasting Tour of European Paintings

Detail from the Harvesters

Keith Christiansen, Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, suggests six itineraries for visiting the new installation European paintings dating from about 1250 to about 1800. He has chosen some regional beverages to help guide the way.

Audio and Video

Detail from Death of Socrates

Listen to a newly recorded audio description of the galleries, presented by Keith Christiansen.


Detail from Venus and Cupid by Lorenzo Lotto

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82nd & Fifth

Detail from The Triumph of Marius by Tiepolo

82nd & Fifth episodes invite you to see works of art that have transformed the way our curators see the world. Explore episodes related to European Paintings.