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 also allows visitors to experience works by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, 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 c. 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.
The exhibition is incredibly popular, which can mean longer waiting times for entry than expected. Weekdays are less busy than weekends. Weekdays are less busy in the afternoons Visit our ticket information page for details on ticket prices, accepted concessions, companion cards, season tickets, onsite purchasing, etc.
Entry to the ‘European Masterpieces’ exhibition is 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 will be a wait before you can enter the exhibition, which tends to be longer in the mornings and on weekends. Contact tracing details will be required on arrival for access to the Gallery.
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.
The Studio sets the stage for exploring the art, life and history of ‘European Masterpieces’. Experience daily performances from musicians and costumed models, insert yourself into artworks through spectacular interactive displays, and create your own masterpiece with the drawing materials supplied.
Performances: 11.00am – 1.00pm daily | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University musicians
Costumed models: 1.30pm – 3.30pm daily | Paintings are brought to life by live models
A valid ‘European Masterpieces’ exhibition ticket is required. No bookings required. Daily activations are subject to performer availability.
The Studio, located within the exhibition space at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
‘The Met: The Masters and the Modern Day’ features acclaimed biographical dramas, recent documentaries on key artists and some of The Met’s screen appearances in feature films. Read our 5 film suggestions about the Masters and The Met, New York10.30am every Saturday, Free
Production still of Rihanna from The First Monday in May (2016) / Director: Andrew Rossi / The film follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, 'China: Through The Looking Glass'
While you’re onsite discover more about each artwork, choose a self-guided tour on your smartphone, zoom into works and save your favourites. Don’t forget to bring your headphones.
A valid ‘European Masterpieces’ exhibition ticket is required.
Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia), Italy 1398–1482 / Paradise (detail) 1445 / Tempera and gold on canvas, transferred from wood / Overall: 47 x 40.6cm; painted surface: 44.5 x 38.4cm / Rogers Fund, 1906 / 06.1046 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Opportunities for visitors with disability to access the exhibition include the mobile companion site (tablet or smart phone) with information about each artwork and self-guided tours with Audio Description, Auslan translation and Closed Captions. Bring your headphones. Tactile interpretations are available of two exhibition artworks ― By the Seashore 1883 by Auguste Renoir and Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill 1628 by Pieter Claesz. Created using photo manipulation and 3D software, visitors can feel the surface of the image and listen to the audio description to hear a narration of the visual elements. A braille exhibition guide with tactual floorplan is available for borrowing during an exhibition visit. Ask at the Ticket Desk on arrival. A large print digital version is also available in PDF and Word format. Customised volunteer guided tours are available on weekdays for visitors with disability. At least 15 days notice is required and tours are subject to availability. For more information contact the Group Bookings Office or telephone (07) 3840 7255.
A valid ‘European Masterpieces’ exhibition ticket is required.
Marie Denise Villers, France 1774–1821 / Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801 / Oil on canvas / 161.3 x 128.6cm / Mr and Mrs Isaac D Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D Fletcher, 1917 / 17.120.204 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.