European Masterpieces
from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

12 Jun 2021 – 17 Oct 2021
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Ticketed

Spanning 500 years, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ offers a breath-taking journey from the 1420s and emerging Renaissance to conclude at the height of early twentieth century post-impressionism.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows visitors to experience works by painters such as Fra Angelico, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh and Monet, direct from The Met’s collection – one of the finest collections of European painting in the world, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.

Highlights of the exhibition include Fra Angelico’s finely painted altarpiece The Crucifixion of ca. 1420–23; Titian’s poetic Venus and Adonis of the 1550s; the immediacy and drama of Caravaggio’s The Musicians 1597; Rembrandt’s painterly Flora of c.1654; Vermeer’s beautifully observed Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670-72, and van Gogh’s idyllic The Flowering Orchard 1888.

‘European Masterpieces’ includes portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies and will be a must-see for audiences of all ages, art-lovers and anyone with an interest in history, society, beauty, religious iconography, mythology and symbolism.

This Australian-exclusive exhibition is organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Art Exhibitions Australia.

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Entry to the ‘European Masterpieces’ exhibition will be staggered to allow visitors to enter in safe numbers and allow for free movement throughout the exhibition while following social distancing advice. This means there may be a short wait before you can enter the exhibition. Purchasing your exhibition tickets in advance will help the queuing run smoothly. Contact tracing details will be required on arrival for access to the Gallery. For more details visit our COVID-safe practices plan.

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Georges de La Tour / The Fortune-Teller c.1630s

Georges de La Tour / The Fortune-Teller c.1630s / Oil on canvas / 101.9 x 123.5cm / Rogers Fund, 1960 / 60.3 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York .

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), Italy 1571–1610 / The Musicians 1597 / Oil on canvas / 92.1 x 118.4cm / Rogers Fund, 1952 / 52.81 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), Italy 1571–1610 / The Musicians 1597 / Oil on canvas / 92.1 x 118.4cm / Rogers Fund, 1952 / 52.81 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Italy c.1485/90–1576 / Venus and Adonis 1550s / Oil on canvas / 106.7 x 133.4cm / The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 / 49.7.16 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Italy c.1485/90–1576 / Venus and Adonis 1550s / Oil on canvas / 106.7 x 133.4cm / The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 / 49.7.16 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), Italy c.1395–1455 / The Crucifixion c.1420–23 / Tempera on wood, gold ground / 63.8 x 48.3cm / Maitland F Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F Griggs, 1943 / 43.98.5 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), Italy c.1395–1455 / The Crucifixion c.1420–23 / Tempera on wood, gold ground / 63.8 x 48.3cm / Maitland F Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F Griggs, 1943 / 43.98.5 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn), The Netherlands 1606–69 / Flora c.1654 / Oil on canvas / 100 x 91.8cm / Gift of Archer M Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926 / 26.101.10 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn), The Netherlands 1606–69 / Flora c.1654 / Oil on canvas / 100 x 91.8cm / Gift of Archer M Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926 / 26.101.10 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Johannes Vermeer, The Netherlands 1632–75 / Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72 / Oil on canvas / 114.3 x 88.9cm / The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 / 32.100.18 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Johannes Vermeer, The Netherlands 1632–75 / Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72 / Oil on canvas / 114.3 x 88.9cm / The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 / 32.100.18 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Vincent van Gogh, The Netherlands 1853–90 / The Flowering Orchard 1888 / Oil on canvas / 72.4 x 53.3cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase Fund, 1956 / 56.13 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Vincent van Gogh, The Netherlands 1853–90 / The Flowering Orchard 1888 / Oil on canvas / 72.4 x 53.3cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase Fund, 1956 / 56.13 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Peter Paul Rubens, Flanders 1577–1640 / The Holy Family with Saints Francis and Anne and the Infant Saint John the Baptist early or mid 1630s / Oil on canvas / 176.5 x 209.6cm / Gift of James Henry Smith, 1902 / 02.24 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Peter Paul Rubens, Flanders 1577–1640 / The Holy Family with Saints Francis and Anne and the Infant Saint John the Baptist early or mid 1630s / Oil on canvas / 176.5 x 209.6cm / Gift of James Henry Smith, 1902 / 02.24 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, England 1775–1851 / Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute c.1835 / Oil on canvas / 91.4 x 122.2cm / Bequest of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899 / 99.31 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Joseph Mallord William Turner, England 1775–1851 / Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute c.1835 / Oil on canvas / 91.4 x 122.2cm / Bequest of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899 / 99.31 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Paul Cézanne, France 1839–1906 / Still Life with Apples and Pears< c.1891–92 / Oil on canvas / 44.8 x 58.7cm / Bequest of Stephen C Clark, 1960 / 61.101.3 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Paul Cézanne, France 1839–1906 / Still Life with Apples and Pears c.1891–92 / Oil on canvas / 44.8 x 58.7cm / Bequest of Stephen C Clark, 1960 / 61.101.3 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Auguste Renoir, France 1841–1919 / A Young Girl with Daisies 1889 / Oil on canvas / 65.1 x 54cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase und, 1959 / 59.21 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Auguste Renoir, France 1841–1919 / A Young Girl with Daisies 1889 / Oil on canvas / 65.1 x 54cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase und, 1959 / 59.21 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Edgar Degas, France 1834–1917 / Dancers, Pink and Green c.1890 / Oil on canvas / 82.2 x 75.6cm / HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929 / 29.100.42 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Edgar Degas, France 1834–1917 / Dancers, Pink and Green c.1890 / Oil on canvas / 82.2 x 75.6cm / HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929 / 29.100.42 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Claude Monet, France 1840–1926 / <Water Lilies 1916–19 / Oil on canvas / 130.2 x 200.7cm / Gift of Louise Reinhardt Smith 1983 / 1983.532 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Claude Monet, France 1840–1926 / Water Lilies 1916–19 / Oil on canvas / 130.2 x 200.7cm / Gift of Louise Reinhardt Smith 1983 / 1983.532 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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