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.


Caravaggio  / The Musicians 1597 / Oil on canvas / 92.1 x 118.4cm / Rogers Fund 1952 / 52.81 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Caravaggio / The Musicians 1597 / Oil on canvas / 92.1 x 118.4cm / Rogers Fund 1952 / 52.81 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Titian / 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

Titian / 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 .

Fra Angelico / 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

Fra Angelico / 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.

Rembrandt / 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

Rembrandt / 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 .

Johannes Vermeer / 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

Johannes Vermeer / 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 .

Vincent van Gogh / 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

Vincent van Gogh / 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 .

Peter Paul Rubens / 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

Peter Paul Rubens / 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 .

Joseph Mallord William Turner / 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

Joseph Mallord William Turner / 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 .

Paul Cézanne / 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

Paul Cézanne / 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 .

Auguste Renoir / A Young Girl with Daisies 1889 / Oil on canvas / 65.1 x 54cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase Fund 1959 / 59.21 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Auguste Renoir / A Young Girl with Daisies 1889 / Oil on canvas / 65.1 x 54cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase Fund 1959 / 59.21 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Edgar Degas / Dancers, Pink and Green c.1890 / Oil on canvas / 82.2 x 75.6cm / H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs H O Havemeyer 1929 / 29.100.42 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Edgar Degas / Dancers, Pink and Green c.1890 / Oil on canvas / 82.2 x 75.6cm / H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs H O Havemeyer 1929 / 29.100.42 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Claude Monet / 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

Claude Monet / 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 .

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