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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collection and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.
The Met Around the World is designed and maintained by the Office of the Director.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our national and international traveling exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current national and international loans program.


The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other collections. See our national and international conservation activities from 2009 to the present.


The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our national and international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our national and international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Conservation Projects
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  • Portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, Gentile Bellini, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest.

Conservation of Bellini's Portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus



Gentile Bellini's important but much compromised Portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, in the collection of the Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, came to the Sherman Fairchild Center of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum to undergo critical structural treatment. The painting's poplar support had been radically thinned in the late nineteenth century and a crude, fixed wooden cradle attached in an attempt to control the panel's response to fluctuations in relative humidity and impose a perfectly planar surface. Unfortunately, this intervention had caused the already delicate panel to develop new splits and pronounced deformations. The painting's appearance was also compromised by a number of severely discolored campaigns of retouching whose opaque and patchy appearance dominated the picture. In order to clarify the true condition of the support and facilitate a responsible structural treatment, it was necessary to remove existing overpaint and filling material so that splits could be realigned and consolidated. The painting underwent technical examination, cleaning, structural conservation, and restoration.

Partnered with the Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Art), Budapest.

Made possible by The Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation.
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