Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art HistoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A fresh and unconventional approach to exploring 6,000 years of art history through 800 masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Featuring more than 800 artworks from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this groundbreaking book — organized by thematic keywords — draws upon The Met's online Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History — offering fresh, unconventional ways of engaging with visual culture.

Discover how artists see the world and inspire each other with common themes and sensibilities, materials and techniques. Flowers, for example, have been seen in art for millennia — from Tutankhamun to the Dutch Golden Age, from Van Gogh's still lifes to Georgia O'Keeffe's monumental close-ups. Seen side by side, Art = reveals new connections between artists of different times and places, offering a fresh perspective on beloved works.

Beyond the wealth of 1,000 illustrations arranged by theme, dive deeper into art history with 160 engaging and enlightening essays written by experts at the museum, to create your own personal tour through this unsurpassed collection.

A foldout, detachable timeline offering further perspective is also included.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 330 × 267 mm (13 × 10 1/2 in)
  • Pages: 448 pp
  • Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714879420

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the most important cultural institutions in the world and hosts more than six million visitors each year, with many millions more accessing its collection online. The museum's director Max Hollein contributes the foreword to Art =, while essays are written by the museum's curatorial staff and other art experts.

'The new book Art= is a stream of creative consciousness that leaps around the globe and across 6,000 years of art history.' – Artnet News

'If you're too afraid to visit the Met, sit home and read Art=, the museum's enormous coffee table book.' – New York Magazine

'Interesting categorisation in this engaging tribute to the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides a different way to think about and see art.' – Trebuchet Magazine

'Big, bold, and interesting.' – The Art Newspaper