Metropolitan Museum of Art Italian Painting Collection - Small Group

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Italian Painting Collection - Small Group - Painting
Metropolitan Museum of Art Italian Painting Collection - Small Group - Painting
Tourists listening to guide at the MET
Tourists listening to guide at the MET
Metropolitan Museum of Art Italian Painting Collection - Small Group - Sculpture
Metropolitan Museum of Art Italian Painting Collection - Small Group - Sculpture
Tourists listening to guide at the MET
Tourists listening to guide at the MET
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What To Expect

Delight in this small group tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Italian painting collection, in the company of an art historian.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in New York
Departs From:
New York
Meeting Point:
Entrance of the Metropolitan Museum
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Friday at 3:00 PM
Product Code:
7248
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Description

Drawing on our deep network of art historians and educators, we organize several thematic walks of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including this one focused on the Italian galleries. Many of our docents are also curators at the Met, and thus are able to give this survey of five centuries of Italian art an in-depth twist.

We begin with the work of Duccio and Giotto, two artists who revolutionized painting in the 14th century. They were responsible for revitalizing the Byzantine tradition and moving towards naturalism, reflecting the new humanity required in sacred art by the recently formed preaching orders, the Franciscans and Dominicans. We will examine the impact of this shift towards representing believable form and space on a flat surface in order to convey a clear and convincing narrative as it developed in the following centuries in the work of artists like Fra Carnevale, Andrea Mantegna, Fra Filippo Lippi and his pupil Botticelli.

By the first quarter of the 16th century, generally referred to as the High Renaissance, the leading artists had sufficient technical expertise to achieve almost any naturalistic effect they wished. We will explore the paintings from traditional centers of Florence and Rome, but also works commissioned by wealthy families and religious orders in other the important artistic centers of Mantua, Milan, Urbino, Parma, and Ferrara, including masterpieces by Raphael and Correggio. The Venetian School had its own High Renaissance style, one that emphasized color over line, as seen in the work Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.

The walk continues by exploring the evolution of Renaissance painting into what is commonly called the period of Mannerism in the second half of the century, led by artists such as Bronzino and Parmigianino. In the last decade of the century, though, the excesses of Mannerism were brought to an end by the naturalism of Caravaggio and the revised classicism of Annibale Caracci, the leading protagonists of the early Baroque. We will explore the development of the Baroque style in the work of their pupils and successors over the 17th century with the work of artists like Guercino, Reni, and Luca Giordano, whose rich colors and fluid technique paved the way for the development of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's jubilant Rococo style in the 18th century.

Includes

  • Services of a docent

  • Museum entrance fee

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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