Rarely Seen 18th-Century Pastel Portraits on View in New Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum « The Cuban Art Project


Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe—on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 14, 2011—features about 40 pastels from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and other museums, and from private collections in Boston and New York. At the core of the exhibition is a group of French works, and the Italian, Swiss, German, and English schools are also represented.

The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund.

Pastels are susceptible to fading if overexposed to light, and they are vulnerable to damage from excessive vibration, which can loosen the powder. As a practical consequence, they can only be shown on a rotating basis, rarely travel, and are therefore infrequently exhibited. Pastel Portraits gives visitors the unusual opportunity to view these exquisite works in a museum exhibition, which includes loans from the Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, as well as from the Frick Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library, and New-York Historical Society, New York, and several private collections.

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