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Friends of European Paintings

The Friends Group of the Department of European Paintings offers people who are passionate about art a unique opportunity to engage closely with the department's outstanding collection and its curators. Friends receive invitations to behind-the-scenes talks and tours with curatorial staff, intimate cocktail receptions, visits to local private collections, and other events, all of which are designed to appeal to individuals at every level of art-historical knowledge and experience. The group's membership dues provide vital support for the programming and acquisitions of the department, including, most recently, the purchase of Giovanni Battista Gaulli's portrait of Pope Clement X.

The Friends of European Paintings enjoy a special relationship with a collection that comprises exceptional works of art from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, through Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and beyond. The department's holdings of Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh, among others, are unrivaled in the United States. In addition to the permanent collection, the department organizes an ambitious program of exhibitions, research projects, publications, and public lectures, which reach a worldwide audience of scholars and art lovers.

Annual dues: $10,000

Under-40 annual dues: $5,500

For more information, including the tax-deductibility of your gift, please call 212-650-2829 or email

Highlights of Past Events

  • Curatorial tours of exhibitions
  • Visits to private collections
  • Behind-the-scenes visits to the Sherman Fairchild Center for Paintings Conservation
  • Discussions with curators regarding new acquisitions
  • Private concerts of period music complementing works on view

Above: Louis Léopold Boilly (French, 1761–1845). The Public Viewing David's "Coronation" at the Louvre (detail), 1810. Oil on canvas; 24 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (61.6 x 82.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2012 (2012.156)