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A New Look at Old Masters

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Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York / Art

They’re shaking it up in the galleries that hold the Met’s collection of European painting, rearranging the furniture so to speak, which means creating new conversations between works, and fresh contexts. In one gallery, still lifes and genre paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries beguile. In a neighboring room, oil sketches from the 1600s to 1800s. A little further along, the images in paintings by the Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo float and fly in Rococo radiance. A large gallery features portraiture from the Grand Siècle—works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Charles Le Brun. And then it’s on to the 18th-century French galleries. —E.C.

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