One of the most outstanding museums in the world is the Metropolitan Museum of Art or simply The MET. It is located in the district of Manhattan, in the city of New York and when visiting this great city, we could not resist to enter and enjoy its great collection of works.
The MET was inaugurated on February 20, 1872. Robert Lee Jenkins, a railway executive whose private collection was donated to the museum, was the first president. The founding superintendent was the editor George Palmer Putnam.
The museum’s collection is more than two million works of art from around the world. The collections range from treasures of classical antiquity, represented in its galleries in Greece and Cyprus, to paintings and sculptures by almost all the masters of Europe, and a large collection of American works. Masterpieces by Rafael, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Picasso, Pollock, Braque and many more are on display.
The museum has a large collection of Egyptian, African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, Byzantine and Islamic art.
The André Meyer galleries contain large works of European art of the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on Impressionist and post-impressionist painters, as well as a large collection of sculptures by Rodin.
The permanent collection of the museum is preserved and exhibited by 19 separate departments, each of which has a specialized staff of curators, scholars, curators and art restorers.