The Wrightsman Pictures

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005 - Art - 440 pages
This lavish catalogue presents 150 European paintings, pastels, and drawings from the late fifteenth to the mid-nineteenth century that have been given to the Metropolitan Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman or are still held in Mrs. Wrightsman's private collection. These notable works were collected over the past four decades, many of them with the Museum in mind; some were purchased by the Museum through the Wrightsman Fund. Highlights of the book include masterpieces by Vermeer, El Greco, Rubens, Van Dyck, Georges de La Tour, Jacques-Louis David, and Caspar David Friedrich as well as numerous paintings by the eighteenth-century Venetian artists Canaletto, Guardi, and the Tiepolos, father and son, plus a dozen remarkable portrait drawings by Ingres. Each work is reproduced in color and is accompanied by a short essay.

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Charles and Jayne Wrightsman have been some of the most generous art donors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in relation to European art as well as regarding funds for the purchase of art ... Read full review

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Everett Philip Fahy Jr. was born in Darby, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He turned his dissertation into a book entitled Some Followers of Domenico Ghirlandaio, which was published in 1975. He was hired in 1968 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a consultant to Thomas Hoving on European paintings, but he left after a year. Fahy taught at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts for a year before accepting an offer to become the Met's curator in charge of European paintings. In 1973, he left the Met for the Frick and stayed there for 13 years. He returned to the Met in 1986 as chairman of the museum's department of European paintings. He retired in 2009. He died from complications of Parkinson's disease on April 23, 2018 at the age of 77.

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