Washington Crossing the Delaware, the centerpiece of the Met’s American collection.

New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The new and expanded galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org) provide almost 2,800 square meters of display space for the Met’s collection of American paintings, said to be the most comprehensive in the world. On show together for the first time, the works date from the 18th through to the early 20th centuries; the centerpiece of the new installation is Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware.

  • “Picasso and Modern British Art,” a major exhibition at Tate Britain (tate.org.uk; until July 15), explores the Spanish artist’s influence on British art and how this played a role in the acceptance of modern art in the U.K. More than 60 Picassos will be on display, alongside works by admirers such as Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, David Hockney, and Graham Sutherland.
  • Until the end of May, the imposing Fortress of Bard (fortedibard.it) in northwest Italy is hosting an exhibition entitled “I Tesori del Principe,” showcasing a selection of 80 masterpieces from the Prince of Liechtenstein’s private art collection. This includes some of the most significant pieces in the history of Western art, with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Canaletto, and Moroni.

–Chris Kirkpatrick

Originally appeared in the February/March 2012 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art”)

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