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    • The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli is celebrated as one ofhellip
      14 hours ago The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli is celebrated as one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance, and his paintings have been endlessly reproduced and interpreted. Visit the  #metlibrary  to view this exhibition catalog from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.  #bookface   #botticelli   #Gem äldegalerie  @dana .hart
    • Visitors flocked to see the exhibition Czanne Paintings Water Colorshellip
      2 days ago Visitors flocked to see the exhibition “Cézanne: Paintings, Water Colors, and Drawings” on view from April 4 until May 18 in 1952. See this photograph and a range of gallery views from past  @metmuseum  special exhibitions freely online through the Digital Collections of Thomas J. Watson Library.  #metlibrary   #watsondigital   #Cezanne   #exhibition 
    • The magazine Bradley His Book was established by William Hhellip
      3 days ago The magazine “Bradley, His Book” was established by William H. Bradley and includes poems, short stories, art reproductions, and advertisements (many by Bradley himself). A beautifully printed periodical, “Bradley, His Book” showcases 19th century American visual culture.  #metlibrary   #watsonlibrary   #specialcollections 
    • Book conservator Yukari Hayashida cleans the cover page of Doinghellip
      6 days ago Book conservator Yukari Hayashida cleans the cover page of "Doing a Dyson," a book on the history and philosophy of Dyson Appliances. Issues of inherent vice in the plastic used for the outer cover threatened the rest of the book requiring cleaning and preventative treatment.  #MetLibrary   #TheMet   #bookconservation 
    • Happy TakeYourChildToWorkDay! This charming illustration is from our Costume Institutehellip
      7 days ago Happy  #TakeYourChildToWorkDay ! This charming illustration is from our Costume Institute Fashion Plates digital collection.  #parenthood   #childhood   #childrenswear   #metlibrary   #watsondigital 
    • This trade catalog from the Compagnie de Baccarat published inhellip
      1 week ago This trade catalog from the Compagnie de Baccarat, published in 1907, is entirely devoted to chandeliers in the full blown Art Nouveau style.  #metlibrary   #crystal   #baccarat 
    • Heres evidence people have been interested in what happened OnThisDayInHistoryhellip
      1 week ago Here’s evidence people have been interested in what happened  #OnThisDayInHistory  long before the  @History  Channel or the hashtag. Check out this almanac from 1930 which lists important dates in the history of  @MetMuseum  and the art world. View this book and hundreds of other Metropolitan Museum of Art Publication freely online through the Digital Collections of Thomas J. Watson Library.  #metlibrary   #metpublications   #watsondigital   #almanac   #hath 
    • Forget everything youve ever been told about not judging ahellip
      1 week ago Forget everything you’ve ever been told about not judging a book by its cover. The plastic binding of this  #SpecialCollections  book from 1972 does a pretty good job of conveying its contents. And if that didn’t give it away, the title, of course, is “Designing Plastic”!  #plasticbooks   #design   #watsonlibrary   #metlibrary 
    • This 18th century engraving by Robert Benard from Marine 405910hellip
      2 weeks ago This 18th century engraving by Robert Benard, from Marine (40.59.10), depicts an early atmospheric diving suit. This book of engravings is currently being conserved in the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation in the Watson Library as part of a grant in partnership with the Department of Drawings and Prints.  #EarthDay   #EarthDay2016   #diving   #TheMet   #MetLibrary   #BookConservation 
    • A tbt to this 1949 cover of the brochure Marthahellip
      2 weeks ago A  #tbt  to this 1949 cover of the brochure “Martha Graham and Dance Company.” This and other dance-related material will be discussed in an upcoming “In Circulation” post - stay tuned!  #incirculation   #MarthaGraham   #dance   #metlibrary 
    • Happy Birthday Joan Miro Born this day in 1893 Watsonhellip
      2 weeks ago Happy Birthday, Joan Miro. Born this day in 1893. Watson Library has a vast collection of catalogues raisonne, including this multi volume set on Miro’s Drawings published in 2008.  #miro   #drawing   #metlibrary   #themet   #hbd 
    • This 1902 Group photograph of craftsmen in the Shade Departmenthellip
      2 weeks ago This 1902 Group photograph of craftsmen in the Shade Department of Tiffany Studios (Long Island, New York) is part of Thomas J. Watson’s Digital Collections of Tiffany Publications and Ephemeral Materials available freely online to curious researchers and Tiffany lovers the world over.  #metlibrary   #watsondigital   #TiffanyTuesday   #LouisComfortTiffany   #ShadeDepartment   #ephemera 

Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world. The primary mission of the library is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it is open to all visitors college age and older upon registration. Housed within the library are the Florence and Herbert Irving Reading Room, the Arthur K. Watson Reference Room, and the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation.

The library contains more than nine hundred thousand volumes of books, periodicals, exhibition catalogs, and auction catalogs; eleven thousand periodical titles; collections of autograph letters; and files relating to individual artists and to the history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources, an integral part of Thomas J. Watson Library, provides access to an extensive collection of databases, full-text online journals, and indexed online resources for the history of art. It is the base for the library’s extensive program of instruction in the use of art-related electronic resources.

Contact us: for more information, please call (212) 650-2225 or email watson.library@metmuseum.org.

See also:

The Libraries’ blog, In Circulation
Watson Library on Instagram
Watson Library’s Facebook page
Digital Collections Pinterest board


Watson Library Hours:

For Visitors: Monday-Thursday 10-5:15; Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-5
For Museum Staff: Monday-Friday 9-6; Saturday 10-5
Paging ends at 3:30 pm on weekdays, and at 2:45 pm on Saturdays.
See Access and Hours, the Paging Schedule and Library Holiday closures for more detailed information.
Telephone: (212) 650-2225

Nolen Library Hours:

For Visitors and Museum Staff: Daily 10-5
See the Nolen Library page for more detailed information.
Telephone: (212) 570-3788