So. Many. Paintings. (Or, the Met: Part 2)

As a disclaimer: These photos were taken during a visit in February/March 2016, so this post may not be representative of this site today.

You can find Part 1 here.

While the Met’s original collection, formerly belonging to its first president John Taylor Johnston, had consisted of a Roman stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings, under the guidance of its first founders it quickly outgrew its first lodgings. After purchasing a collection of Cypriot antiquities, the museum was forced to relocate to the Douglas Mansion (which was demolished in 1928). This, still, was not enough, and so the museum moved to its current building in 1880.

European Paintings

The Met’s collection of European Paintings consists of at least 2,500 works, covering a time period from the thirteenth to the twentieth century.

Broken Eggs by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Study of a Woman’s Head by Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Allegory of Vigilance by Jean Honoré Fragonard
Madame Sophie de France by François Hubert Drouais
The Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David
The Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David

This collection contains a great number of works from Italian art, one of the world’s greatest collections of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, impressive collections of Spanish art, and a great number of French works.

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and Marie Anne Lavoisier by Jacques Louis David
Madame de Saint-Morys by Joseph Siffred Duplessis
Portrait of a Woman, said to be Madame Charles Simon Favart by François Hubert Drouais
Charles Claude de Flahaut by Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Juan de Pareja by Diego Velázquez
María Teresa, Infanta of Spain by Diego Velázquez
Portrait of a Man (possibly) by Diego Velázquez
Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara by El Greco
Portrait of an Old Man by El Greco
Saint Justina of Padua by Bartolomeo Montagna
The Young Saint John the Baptist by Piero di Cosimo
The Toilette of Venus by François Boucher
Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist and Angels by François Boucher
Adam and Eve by François Lemoyne
The Last Judgment by Jan van Eyck
The Musicians by Caravaggio
The Musicians by Caravaggio
Tommaso Dipolco Portinari; Maria Portinari by Hans Memling
Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder
The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Christ’s Descent into Hell by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch
A State Yacht and Other Craft in Calm Water by Jan van de Cappelle
A Vase with Flowers by Jacob Vosmaer
Study Head of an Old Man with a White Beard by Anthony van Dyck
Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot by Thomas Gainsborough
James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox by Anthony van Dyck
The Miracel of the Loaves and Fishes by Jacopo Tintoretto
The Adoration of the Magi by Quinten Massys
Oedipus and the Sphinx by Gustave Moreau

As an aside, if you like Gustave Moreau, then you’ll love the Musée National Gustave Moreau in Paris.

Bashi-Bazouk by Jean-Léon Gérôme
An Egyptian Peasant Woman and Her Child by Léon Bonnat
Venice, from the Porch of Madona della Salute by J.M.W. Turner
Woman with a Parrot by Gustave Courbet
The Artist’s Wife by Albert Bartholomé
Tea by James Tissot
Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin by Ilya Repin
Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough by Giovanni Boldini
The Organ Rehearsal by Henry Lerolle
Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon by Anders Leonard Zorn
Pygmalion and Galatea by Jean-León Gérôme
The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel

Fun fact: This is a copy of an original painting held by the Musée d’Orsay.

The Storm by Pierre-Auguste Cot
Mäda Primavesi by Gustav Klimt
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Vincent van Gogh
Roses by Vincent van Gogh
Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh
Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh
Olive Orchard by Vincent van Gogh
The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning by Camille Pisarro

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