Metropolitan Museum of Art

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WINLOCK, Herbert Eustis (1884 - 1950), Director Emeritus, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

RICHTER, Gisela M. A. (1882 - 1972), Curator Emeritus, Department of Greek and Roman Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Curator, 1925–48

WAGSTAFF, Sheena Vanessa (born 1956), Chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, since 2012

“Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York.” National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Eighth and G Sts., NW, Washington, DC 20560

RORIMER, James J. (1905 - 1966), Bronze Star (US); Director and Trustee, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, since 1955

CAMPBELL, Thomas Patrick (born 1962), Director and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, since 2009

“Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825–1861.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82d St., New York, NY 10028-0198

TAYLOR, Francis Henry (1903 - 1957), Director, Worcester Art Museum, since 1955; Director Emeritus, Special Consultant and Member Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (Director 1940–55)

DEAN, Bashford (1867 - 1928), Curator of Armour, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Hon. Curator Fishes and Reptiles, American Museum of Natural History; Professor of Vertebrate Zoology, Columbia University; Professor of Fine Arts, New York University

BLUMENTHAL, George (1858 - 1941), President The Metropolitan Museum of Art; President Emeritus Mount Sinai Hospital; Director, Continental Insurance Company, Fifth Avenue Bank, Niagara Fire Insurance Co

de MONTEBELLO, (Guy) Philippe (Lannes) (born 1936), Director, 1978–2008, and Chief Executive Officer, 1999–2008, Metropolitan Museum of Art, now Director Emeritus; Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, since 2009

CHOATE, Joseph Hodges (1832 - 1917), a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the American Museum of Natural History since the foundation of each; a Governor of New York Hospital since 1877; a member (and chairman of its Committee of Elections) of the original Committee of Seventy, which in 1871 overthrew the Tweed Ring and expelled from the Bench its corrupt judges; Hon. Bencher Middle Temple

CORTISSOZ, Royal (1869 - 1948), art critic New York Herald Tribune since 1891; Literary Editor also 1897–1913; Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Trustee of the American Academy in Rome; Hon. Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; Hon. Member of Architectural League of New York; and of Society of American Etchers; Hon. Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of National Sculpture Society; Trustee of Hispanic Society of America; Chevalier of the Order of Leopold of Belgium


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New York. The largest and most comprehensive collection of art in the USA and one of the greatest in the world. It was founded in 1870 by a group of art collectors, civic leaders, and philanthropists, and after two temporary locations for the museum, it opened at its present site in Central Park in 1880. The building was designed by Calvert Vaux (one of the creators of Central Park) in Gothic style, and the grandiose classical entrance façade overlooking Fifth Avenue was added in stages and completed in 1926. There have been numerous other extensions over the years, and the original building now forms only a small part of the vast structure. The museum is owned by the city, but is supported mainly by private endowment, and the history of its foundation and growth illustrates the rapid rise of New York at the end of the 19th century as the financial and cultural capital of North America, and the growing economic supremacy of America over Europe. In the first half-century or so of its existence, at a time when the major public collections in Europe were engaged in consolidation, relying largely on their purchase grants and other state aid, the Metropolitan Museum was being built up out of the private fortunes of great businessmen, who collected for prestige rather than out of connoisseurship, but collected only first-class works of art. It has also benefited from a number of endowed purchase grants, many of them unconditional, and its collections are now rich in virtually every field of the fine and applied arts from all parts of the world. Much of the collection of medieval art is housed in a separate building called the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the Hudson River. Opened in 1938, the Cloisters is a medieval-style structure, largely made up of parts of Romanesque and Gothic buildings transported from Europe. Many of the works it houses were collected by the American sculptor George Grey Barnard (1863–1938), who lived in France for much of his career.

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