Journal Article

Medieval art for America

Flaminia Gennari-Santori

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 22, issue 1, pages 81-98
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp025
Medieval art for America

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns one of the most important collections of medieval art in existence, the core of which was originally assembled by J. Pierpont Morgan, president of the Museum between 1904 and 1913 and the most important American collector of his generation. Morgan died in 1913 and, surprising everybody, he did not leave his works of art to the Metropolitan. While the collection was exhibited on loan at the Museum, his son Jack sold more than half of it. Eventually, in 1917, Jack donated what was left – most importantly the medieval section – to the Metropolitan. Focusing on the making and the reception of Morgan's collection of medieval art, the article examines how art-historical research, politics and evolving notions about the public role of art shaped, during the First World War, the transition of works of art from privately owned objects to museum pieces.

Journal Article.  12139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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