The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET) reopened its doors this Monday with an exhibition that brings together works by artists such as Francisco Goya, El Greco, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt, after a remodeling process that required an investment of 150 million dollars and they kept it closed for five years.
More than 700 Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, Spanish and English masterpieces have been rehung and displayed on the walls of the 45 galleries hosting the permanent exhibition “Look Again: European Painting 1300-1800.”
The bold remodeling of the museum’s enormous wing dedicated to masters from the 14th to 19th centuries includes several improvements, including skylights that allow light to enter to appreciate the pieces.
All of these skylights have been repainted, relit and reorganized in chronological order, but in addition, old skylights have been replaced, something that has made the quality of the light “enriched”, while improving the experience of contemplating the skylights. paintings.
The museum is built in the Beaux Arts style and is located on Fifth Avenue next to Central Park. Apart from the paintings on display, the Met has recently acquired paintings and portraits of women artists, such as a still life created by the Flemish painter Clara Peeters in the 17th century or the portrait of an Indian woman by the British painter William Wood during the colonial era of the 18th century.
The Met has one of the largest collections of European paintings in the worldaccording to its director, the Austrian Max Hollein, thanks in large part to its wealthy donors, although the renovation was considered vital, especially since the institution has been losing visitors since 2019.
More than 700 Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, Spanish and English masterpieces – by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Francisco Goya and El Greco – have been rehung and now display on the walls of the permanent exhibition’s 45 galleries. “Look Again: European Painting 1300-1800.”