While one gallery will highlight the creation of still life and genre painting in the 16th and 17th centuries, two others will provide an overview of oil sketches from the 16th through the 18th centuries, leading up to the Museum's unsurpassed collection of works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. A large gallery will display portraiture in the Grand Siècle, juxtaposing outstanding paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck with Charles Le Brun's monumental family portrait of the banker Everhard Jabach.
The 18th-century French galleries will take up such themes as the study of expression, François Boucher and the decorative arts, and the role of female artists, who finally found a place in the academy. The Met's unique collection of French Neoclassical painting will be installed with sculptured busts by Jean Antoine Houdon of the essential figures of the Enlightenment: Denis Diderot and Voltaire.
Image: Giacomo Ceruti, An Old Man With a Dog (1540s) / courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art