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The Metropolitan Museum's Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts
Author: Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide

ISBN: 9780300155204
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10 May 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.4 x 2.8
The Metropolitan's holdings of late seventeenth-and eighteenth-century French decorative arts, unrivaled outside Europe, are displayed at the Museum in eight magnificent paneled period rooms, three galleries, and the windows of a charming carved-oak shopfront. This suite of spaces is named for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, whose extraordinary generosity supported many of the installations and who also donated many of the furnishings from their own celebrated collection. The period rooms---with wall paneling reinstalled from historic buildings and furnished with fine contemporary pieces---are among the most popular attractions in the Museum.

This volume, the first book on the Wrightsman Galleries since 1979, begins with a historical introduction to the collection and the Galleries. Following are detailed descriptions of the paneled rooms and a selection of the most important and beautiful artworks on view, many of which belonged to the royal and aristocratic families of Europe. In a departure from the earlier guidebook, which was organized by room, these entries are arranged by medium---wood ...

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