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The Drawings of Bronzino January 20-April 18, 2010 This exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572), and will present nearly all the known drawings by, or attributed to, this leading Italian Mannerist artist, who was active primarily in Florence. A painter, draftsman, academician, and enormously witty poet, Bronzino became famous as the court artist to the Duke Cosimo I de' Medici and his beautiful wife, the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo. This monographic exhibition will contain approximately 60 drawings from European and North-American collections, many of which have never before been on public view. Accompanied by a catalogue, authored by a team of international scholars, to be published by the Metropolitan Museum. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and the Polo Museale Fiorentino, Florence. The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund. Additional support is provided by Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster. The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Press preview: Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. -noon Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage February 2-May 9, 2010 Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early 20th century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage in the 1850s and 1860s. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. Such images, often made for albums, reveal the educated minds as well as the accomplished hands of their makers. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale akin to those Alice experienced in Wonderland, these images stand the rather serious conventions of early photography on their heads. The exhibition will feature approximately 55 works from public and private collections. The exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago. It is made possible by The Hite Foundation in memory of Sybil E. Hite. Accompanied by a catalogue. Press preview: Monday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. -noon The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry March 2-June 13, 2010 The Belles Heures (1405-1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts to have survived from the late Middle Ages.  Because it is currently unbound, it is possible to exhibit all of the illuminated pages as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated.  The exhibition will elucidate the manuscript, its artists - the young Franco-Netherlandish Limbourg Brothers - and its patron, Jean de France, duc de Berry.  A select group of precious objects from the same early-15th-century courtly milieu will place the manuscript in the context of the patronage of Jean de Berry and his royal family, the Valois. The exhibition is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Michel David-Weill Fund. The related publication is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund. Press preview: Monday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. -noon The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy March 2-May 23, 2010 The renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon provides an opportunity for the unprecedented loan of the alabaster mourner figures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. Each of the 38 statuettes is approximately 40 centimeters (16 inches) high. They were carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443 and 1470 for the ducal tomb originally in the church of Champmol. They follow the precedent of the mourner figures carved by Claus Sluter and colleagues for the tomb of Duke Philip the Bold (1384-1410). The tombs are celebrated as among the most sumptuous and innovative of the late Middle Ages. The primary innovation was the space given to the figures of the grieving mourners on the base of the tomb, who seem to pass through the real arcades of a cloister. The installation at the Metropolitan will be supplemented by related works from the Museum's collection, including the monumental Enthroned Virgin from the convent at Poligny (established by John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria) that was carved by Claus de Werve. The exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). The exhibition is supported by a leadership gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.  Additional support is provided by the Florence Gould Foundation, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, and Connie Goodyear Baron. Major corporate support is provided by Bank of the West (BNP Paribas). The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Accompanied by a catalogue. Press preview: Monday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. -noon Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College March 16 - August 8, 2010 Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States, serving as an invaluable educational resource for aspiring art scholars.  While the museum is closed in 2010 for renovations, 20 of their masterpieces-19 paintings and one sculpture-will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for five months.  These will include the great Ter Brugghen painting Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene (one of the most important North Baroque painting in the U.S.), Cézanne's Viaduct at l'Estaque, Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier, and a striking Kirchner sculpture.  Each of these works will be integrated into the Metropolitan Museum's great collection, creating new, provocative juxtapositions. Press Preview:  Monday, March 15, 10:00 a.m.-noon Vienna Circa 1780:  An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered April 13-November 7, 2010 Following the acquisition in 2002 of two Viennese silver wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, most of the set's surviving parts were discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the 20th century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, sauceboats, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware totaling over 350 items, represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822), and his consort, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria (1742-1798) by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth.  The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese neo-classicism, will be shown in the context of contemporary silver from other countries. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund. Press preview: Monday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.-noon Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art April 27-August 1, 2010 This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in the Museum's collection. It features 150 works, including the Museum's complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso-never before seen in their entirety-as well as a selection of the artist's prints. The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's multi-sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career. Notable for its remarkable constellation of early figure paintings, which include the commanding At the Lapin Agile (1905) and the iconic portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906), the Museum's collection also stands apart for its exceptional cache of drawings, which despite their importance and number, remains relatively little known. The key subjects that variously sustained Picasso's interest-the pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, the faceted figures and tabletop still lifes of his cubist years, the monumental heads and classicizing bathers of the 1920s, the raging bulls and dreaming nudes of the 1930s, and the rakish cavaliers and musketeers of his final years-are amply represented by works on paper and canvas that range in date from a dashing self-portrait in watercolor of 1900 to the fanciful image he painted of himself as a faun more than a half-century later. Accompanied by a catalogue. Press preview: Monday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.-noon American Woman:  Fashioning a National Identity May 5-August 15, 2010 American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, is the first Costume Institute exhibition drawn exclusively from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met.  It will explore developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940, and how they have affected the way American women are seen today.  Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition will reveal how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation.  "Gibson Girls," "Bohemians," and "Screen Sirens," among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman. The exhibition is made possible by Gap. Additional support is provided by Condé Nast. Press preview: Monday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection, Correggio to Tiepolo May 12-August 15, 2010 The exhibition will consist of approximately 65 drawings from the collection of David and Julie Tobey.  Most of the drawings are by Italian masters.  Highlights include drawings by Correggio, Parmigianino, Giulio Romano, Poussin, Bernini, Castiglione, and Tiepolo. Press preview: Monday, May 10, 10:00 a.m.-noon EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Information provided is subject to change. To confirm scheduling and dates, call the Communications Department at (212) 570-3951. 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