#27 "Reflecting on 44 Years at The Met" - Conversation with Keith Christiansen
Updated: Nov 8
Saturday, October 23, 2021
It was truly an honor to welcome a very special guest, Keith Christiansen to the 27th episode of Paola's Studiolo. Together with Carlo Falciani, Keith curated the exhibition, The Medici Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570, which closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on October 11, 2021.
Keith Christiansen’s legendary career at the Met spanned more than four decades. Only a month ago, he retired as the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Met’s Department of European Paintings and hs talk in the Studiolo focused on his remarkable life in the art world, “learning on the job,” and his perspective on the world-famous art collection that he knows intimately from the time he arrived in 1977 as an assistant curator with a specialty in 15th century painting. He talked about the importance of art collectors who donated major works of art, helping to form the extraordinary collection the Met has today – certainly among the greatest in the world. He also discussed how the Met’s collection changed over time to reflect social and cultural currents.