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28th November 2023

El Greco dialogues with Picasso: The new life of the European Paintings collection at the Met in New York

The New York Met has re-opened its 45 European Galleries. With over 700 artworks, it is one of the world’s most complete collections of Western art from 1300 to 1800. So, what’s changed? More female artists are present. The lines of influence between artists are clearer. Several Picassos are seen in a room dedicated to El Greco. A Francis Bacon work is placed near Renaissance-era Madonnas. And Dali can be found next to Spanish religious art. It adds up to a big, new-ish story: Europe as “a cultural concept”.