The acquisition of works of art is central to the Metropolitan Museum's mission, and was a hallmark of Philippe de Montebello's tenure as director. In conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years, this series of lectures and panel discussions celebrates the impressive additions to the Museum collections made under Mr. de Montebello's esteemed directorship.
Curator Katherine Baetjer describes the unusual creation of The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Linskys, Russian immigrants to the United States, began collecting independently in the 1930s. Their collection, now housed in the Jack and Belle Linsky Galleries, includes artworks of all forms, from Renaissance bronzes and goldsmiths' work, to porcelain from German, Russian, and Danish manufactories, to French furniture, and to paintings by a variety of European masters.
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection
Learn more about the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions:
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