An Acquiring Mind: Philippe de Montebello and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Great Museums

13 yıl önce

The extraordinary legacy of Philippe de Montebello, who served for 31 years as Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his tenure, Mr. de Montebello guided the acquisition of more than 84,000 works of art, demanded innovation in conservation techniques, and oversaw the doubling of the physical size of this world-renowned cultural institution. For more information, visit

@brendanbang6636 3 yıl önce
Priceless pieces and a real treasure troves for humanity....we are all awakened and enriched by the collective experiences.
@mona2242 4 yıl önce
« This is not the work of only one man, .... » The Met has the good fortune of receiving masterpieces as well as $$$ from generous patrons in order to bring the best art to the public . Thank you for this wonderful video . 👏👏👏
@unbroken1010 8 aylar önce
Too bad none of you give us living artist money to work
@corgeousgeorge Yıl önce
the craftsmanship of the conservationists is incredible!
@nlahunter 5 yıl önce
Amazing collection of humanity and it's history. Would love to know the story and life of each artist but thier contribution still endures.
@hori166 3 yıl önce
One thing that I got out of this, other than a chance to get a "drive-by" view of these works and to see the individual players, is how we all inhabit different spheres. The people who are involved with "art" at this level are a closed society--they walk, talk, dress, and live differently. An invitation to the farewell party for de Montebello would be akin to dinner with Elizabeth II. I was first filled with admiration and awe. But then I reflected, "What would it be like to a part of this world with all its intrigue, glamour, and distraction? Or should I be content to be able to go about my life unencumbered and free to live in such a way that my current resources allow?" Is it not a luxury " sit quietly in a room alone."? I hope to visit the MMA if the post CV-19 world allows it...
@unbroken1010 8 aylar önce
They could Care about us living artists
@flashflame4952 21 gün önce
The Met is my most favorite museum! Been there many, many times and yet....never have seen every piece there!!
@Arts-Love 2 yıl önce
Artistically and informative. Art is truly timeless 🖼
@408Magenta 4 yıl önce
I come back to this most enjoyable video at least once every year. It's a treat each time. Everytime I return, I do so with as many and even more questions than the previous year. Either I'm failing or I am not trying hard enough.
@chowcollection 3 yıl önce
Me too! I'm trying to collect a range of art with this kind of diversity and I keep coming back to this video to see what I'm missing out on :)
@venkateshaiahs5717 3 yıl önce
@@408Magenta sillylalli
@408Magenta 21 gün önce
Without fail Magenta. It's time again.
@supremereader7614 3 yıl önce
True genius director focused on quality first, knows a great thing when he sees it and also willing to listen to experts and not fads.
@TheLearox 2 yıl önce
thats what they want you to believe!!!!!
@unbroken1010 8 aylar önce
And not give a penny to any of us living artist
@frodenorge 11 yıl önce
Sigh...I really have to travel to New York one time; to visit the Metropolitan Museum Of Art...Unbelievable; these videos are such an eye-opener!
@SankofaNYC 5 yıl önce
I hope you made it... Everyone should visit here
@jppagetoo 3 yıl önce
I could live in the Met. I have spent weeks and weeks inside those walls. It is a place I will always return to. To see these works in person is what the Met is all about.
@leemurray998 3 yıl önce
@jethrojackson2524 Yıl önce
Truly breathtaking! Thank you.
@TheLusianPopa 9 yıl önce
the MET is arguably NYC greatest cultural asset..
@palm0607 8 yıl önce
agree with you 100%.....not only for its collection nut for the people around thenworld that come to visit it....ran into people from france and germany on there vacation.....i cant wait to go back !
@piusx8317 4 yıl önce
Plus the Cloisters and Frick collection
@StephenMortimer 3 yıl önce
NYC lost their greatest asset ... TRUMP !!
@cliffdariff74 3 yıl önce
I have trouble believing that Demon a figure is 5000 years old! It can’t be, it’s too surreal... the wooden Russian looks Barisnokov
@Yvonne2214 2 yıl önce
I don't usually care much for Rubens for whatever reason, but the one shown here just makes my heart swell. You can feel the adoration Rubens has for his wife and her maternal nature.
@ScottPothan 3 yıl önce
Yet de Montebello epitomises the century of acquisition over custodianship, of design focussed exhibitions over palpable community engagement of venue-of-excellence ethos over poignant ordinary-ness of connoisseurship over the quotidian of the encyclopaedic over true indigeneity. He is masterful himself in his self-perceived inclusivity. But really what he represents are the values of Wall Street. What of that tentative human visitor, whose first language maybe Swahili for instance, would feel remotely comfortable, let alone ancestrally connected, walking through that gallery of art from Africa. A place of a thousand cultures in itself. Yet displayed as encyclopaedic objects “we own” (and by one upmanship inference NOT owned by the Louvre or the Prado) cos look ...... billionaires.
@GreatMuseums 12 yıl önce
Not sure - he wanted to know what his expert curators thought, part of the collaborative process of acquisition. Thanks for asking!
@Nonamearisto 3 yıl önce
Someone needs to open a Museum dedicated to Museums.
@user-zf7zu9tt6d 3 aylar önce
유용한 정보 감사드려요.
@deannawoody9621 6 yıl önce
Beautiful art
@joycefroney6162 4 yıl önce
Talent, technology, size and money combine to make this institution the best. I miss it.,
@MsLinda165 3 yıl önce
If you close your eyes, the voice of Mr. de Montebello sounds precisely like Gregory Peck.
@frankdalla 2 yıl önce
If only the people of the world we live on could work together as an open minded collection of diversity...
@stephanebelizaire3627 Yıl önce
Bravo !
@user-is3pb4hb5h 6 aylar önce
Thank you , excellent , food for the soul !
@artieash6671 2 yıl önce
Love the subtitle that says "Peter the Crate drove the Sweets out of Russia"... or how Brooke Astor becomes "broadcaster" .... really robots just can't cut it when it comes to subtitles.
@benediktmorak4409 2 yıl önce
When i heard the mentioning of the prices for that van Gogh or the little Icon, it came to my mind that indeed - man does not live by bread alone -
@rw2993 6 yıl önce
Having seen "The Art of The Steal (2009)", it's hard to watch Montebello praise the Annenberg's 'love of art'.
@gdhse3 3 yıl önce
I would love to visit that place! It's a little far from Arizona.
@valeria-militiamessalina5672 3 yıl önce
Lol, people travel from Europe and Asia to visit and you’re complaining about it being far from Arizona
@izzy1563 3 yıl önce
The MET and the NYPL define world class institutions. Hope the MET is able to quickly overcome their current issues.
@user-yc6ti2uc3e 3 yıl önce
I want to start a collection.
@rickeycooper2201 Yıl önce
I think the mesopotamian figure would be a interesting thinkmatter for a concept car.R.C.
@dbag96 4 yıl önce
@xyzllii 7 yıl önce
It's urgently needed that women get much more involved in the choices and decision making of Museums like the Met. and not be present merely as commentators!
@Xemnashizzo 11 yıl önce
24:26 is that a Snivy on the tapestry? Didn't know Carlos the IV was a fan of Pokemon
@BintonSukses 2 yıl önce
I love art, i am collector. i am from indonesia
@ohmyblindman 3 yıl önce
Ever since the "suggested" donation turned into an enforced admission price, the Met is dead to me. Admission should be free will offering, period. I will never darken its door again.
@gdhse3 3 yıl önce
The Met is no longer pay-what-you-wish for some visitors. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has changed its pay-what-you-wish ticket policy - but only for some visitors. ... New York residents can still pay what they wish, as the museum is located on state-owned land. Admission for children under age 12 remains free.Jan 4, 2018
@xxkissmeketutxx 3 yıl önce
You wouldn't expect to see a film, musical or sporting event for free, why would anyone begrudge contributing to immersion in priceless pieces? 3 yıl önce
The daily running costs of the museum, it's collection, staff, security, insurance, etc. are immense and they have to come from somewhere. The donations that the Met gets from its trustees and board members are usually earmarked for new acquisitions. All major museums in the rest of the world charge admission and those that don't are heavily subsidized by their governments (as in the UK).
@ohmyblindman 3 yıl önce Acquisitions? You do mean donations, as the tax breaks for donating are immense, and many collections are donated through wills and estates. The "door" is roughly 17 percent of the budget. As they are on public land, pay no real estate taxes, and were chartered to have no fixed admission, I stand by my original comment. Museums should serve the people.
@ramelep 3 yıl önce
I loved this!! What is that picture at 12:07
@w.urlitzer1869 3 yıl önce
Thomas Struth, San Zaccaria, Venice, 1995.
@unbroken1010 8 aylar önce
They barely support us living artist unless it comes from someone special or a auction
@user-mv6he6gl8m Yıl önce
Hmm, makes you wonder how big his acqusition budget really is...
@tofetbulayama1426 2 yıl önce
@stavokg 6 yıl önce
Wonderful video, great, great director. But what happened to the face of the restored drawing at 28:32?? Cringeworthy!
@apriljoymagic 4 yıl önce
@TheSvemirka 9 yıl önce
@opticalmixing23 6 yıl önce
@marioriospinot 10 yıl önce
@urbaradhikari1539 Yıl önce
@8nansky528 2 yıl önce
@monicaregina82 4 yıl önce
this man from this palace rouber als artistic fromm egipto!
@jamesanonymous2343 4 yıl önce
@jacekpokrak9258 3 yıl önce
Regards for all lovers of Compmaturism Jacek Pokrak
@nms6431 Yıl önce
My faviorte place in ny, plus a carriages ride through central park afterwards , to this day 8s my faviorte thing to do in ny.
@valeria-militiamessalina5672 3 yıl önce
16:51/16:52/16:53 Sour face/ Laughs awkwardly/ Sour face
@michaelboylan5308 5 yıl önce
You say,,an art work worthy enough to be added to the Met collection, Gosh,,how that must have preyed on the mind of Botticelli ,,,,how it must have inspired Simone Martini to paint his Annunciation, Is the Met worthy of these artists,,,no, Does art civilise,,,no,,,,Goering loved Vermeer, America collects great art,,,it cant make it, Have art collections helped America, maybe it was better that the Homestead children were well fed and educated
@jeffr4169 5 yıl önce
The Met also has an American Wing, filled with American art. You should check it out sometime.
@mona2242 4 yıl önce
Michael Boylan actually what did prey on Botticelli’s mind was the Catholic Church and the Medici. Does art civilize? It should , but art absolutely should educate its public.
@mollysutherland8148 3 yıl önce
hi mr. philippe de montebello. i love you :)
@gforceeatingcorrect 3 yıl önce
Oh ...pleeze !!!
@abnormallyfunny 3 yıl önce
American arrogance. Making claims they don't know to be true. e.g. "the only Egyptian temple in the western hemisphere" - not true. There is one in Madrid.
@nicholasturner7931 3 yıl önce
abnormallyfunny Madrid Spain if I’m not mistaken is in the northern hemisphere. And in fact I’m not mistaken it is so yeah America one some random guy zero.✌🏻🇺🇸✌🏻🇺🇸
@MsLeenite 3 yıl önce
The continent of Europe (including Madrid, Spain) is in the Eastern Hemisphere.
@nicholasturner7931 3 yıl önce
MsLeenite wrong answer it’s in the northern and Western Hemisphere
@MsLeenite 3 yıl önce
@@nicholasturner7931 Go look it up. The Western Hemisphere contains (mostly) North and South America. Its eastern boundary is the Greenwich Meridian. Madrid is east of the Greenwich Meridian. It is in the Eastern Hemisphere. You're right about the United States and Spain both being in the Northern Hemisphere, but abnormallyfunny didn't write anything about the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, just seemed to think that Spain was in the Western Hemisphere. So I made no mention of north or south, just corrected what he/she *did* write. Sheesh.
@charlesfenwick6554 2 yıl önce
Your ignorance. Spain is not in the Western Hemisphere.
@parishermes9834 Yıl önce
Very colonial egocentric documentary.
@mjmatteo Yıl önce
He once remarked that the security guards at the Met were a “necessary evil.” That’s probably because he couldn’t fire them at will due to their collective bargaining contract. No love lost between Aristocrats and Unions.
@MrDelvoye 3 yıl önce
the way they talk is very fake and snobish 3 yıl önce
Um, no. They just have different backgrounds, education and outlook from you.
@MrDelvoye 3 yıl önce why you know me?! 3 yıl önce
@@MrDelvoye And you know them?
@MrDelvoye 3 yıl önce is not your business
@rw2993 6 yıl önce
Having seen "The Art of The Steal (2009)", it's hard to watch Montebello praise the Annenberg's 'love of art'.
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