2020 Institutional Partners

Curator Conversation with Highlight Drawings


Collector’s Choice: Shaping The Met’s Collection


Friday, January 24, 11am
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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As The Met kicks off its 150th anniversary year in 2020, four curators from the Department of Drawings and Prints and the Robert Lehman Collection will reflect on how many of The Met’s masterpieces came in as gifts and bequests. Each curator will discuss an individual collector whose taste and interests helped to shape and build the Museum’s holdings, focusing on works that have elevated and transformed the collection.

The unique character of The Met’s drawings collection can be seen as an amalgam of choices, the merging of private taste and institutional acquisitions, ultimately a sum greater than its parts.  The program will conclude with a display of the featured drawings, providing an opportunity to discuss and examine the works up close.

After the talk, the audience will be offered tickets to view the collections at The Met and, in particular, the Wrightsman Legacy exhibition which highlights drawings & prints donated to The Met by Charles and Jayne Wrightsman.

Speakers & Topics

Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints, "Northern Drawings from the Havemeyer Bequest”

Dita Amory, Curator in Charge, Robert Lehman Collection, “Robert Lehman as a Collector of Italian Drawings”

Perrin Stein, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints,“The Wrightsman Legacy in Drawings”

 Ashley E. Dunn, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, “Drawings in the Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot”

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This event is Sponsored by: CHRISTIE'S


Image Captions, from top to bottom:
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Cottage among Trees, ca. 1650
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
6 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (17.1 x 27.6 cm); vertical strip 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (17.2 x 3.2 cm) added by artist to the sheet at right.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.939)
Provenance: Jan Pietersz Zoomer; Sir Thomas Lawrence (British); William Esdaile (British); his sale, CHRISTIE'S, London, June 17, 1840, lot 119 (£7 to Geddes); Andrew Geddes (British, Scottish); John Heywood Hawkins; his sale, Sotheby's, London (British), April 29, 1850, lot 1022 (£1 to Meyer); Sir Francis Seymour Haden (British); his sale, Sotheby's, London (British), June 15–19, 1891, lot 587 (£130 to Durand-Ruel); Galerie Durand-Ruel; John Postle Heseltine (British); H. O. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris)
Study of a Seated Woman Seen from Behind (Marie-Gabrielle Capet), 1789,
Red, black, and white chalk on toned laid paper; sheet: 20 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (52 x 48 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008 (2008.538.1)
Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris)
Monkey, 1884
Conté crayon. 12 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (31.1 x 23.9 cm)
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967 (67.187.35)