Past Exhibitions

Protecting the Word: Bookbindings of the Morgan

December 5, 2008, through March 29, 2009

One of the Morgan's core strengths is its collection of historically and artistically significant bookbindings.

Image of Roger Bartlett Mosaic Binding

John Milton’s Paradise Lost

October 7, 2008, through January 4, 2009

John Milton's Paradise Lost celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (1608–1674) with an exhibition drawn from the Morgan's collection of the English poet's work, which includes the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost.

Image of Paradise Lost Manuscript

Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors

September 19, 2008, through January 4, 2009

The exhibition Drawing Babar returns visitors to the two essential moments of Babar's creation: when Jean de Brunhoff and, years later, his son Laurent, set down their initial thoughts on paper.

Image of Histoire de Babar

Liszt in Paris: Enduring Encounters

August 29 through November 16, 2008

Through nearly fifty manuscripts, first editions, letters, and related materials drawn almost entirely from the Morgan's collections, the exhibition Liszt in Paris: Enduring Encounters celebrates the art and the diverse and fertile artistic world of the virtuoso pianist-composer.

Image of Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major

The Prayer Book of Claude de France

May 20 through September 28, 2008

The Morgan Library & Museum presents a special exhibition of an extremely rare Renaissance illuminated manuscript, the Prayer Book of Queen Claude de France, created around the time of her coronation in 1517.

Image of Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist

Three Gutenberg Bibles

May 20 through September 28, 2008

Three Gutenberg Bibles allows visitors to see important differences in copies of the first substantial printed book in the Western world, an epoch-making technological innovation, yet also a highpoint in the art of graphic design.

Image of Biblia Latina

Philip Guston: Works on Paper

May 2 through August 31, 2008

The Morgan Library & Museum presents the first retrospective of drawings by Philip Guston (1913–1980) in twenty years.

Illuminating the Medieval Hunt

April 18 through August 10, 2008

Illuminating the Medieval Hunt features nearly fifty miniatures from the Morgan's celebrated hunting manuscript by Gaston Phoebus (1331–1391), Le Livre de la chasse (Paris, ca. 1407).

Image of Hunting Party Pursuing Wild Boar

Draftsmen of the Medici Court: Drawings from the Morgan

February 29 through May 11, 2008

The Morgan Library & Museum presents from its rich permanent collection a select group of related works by artists at the court of Duke Cosimo I dei Medici (1519–1574).

Image of Head and Shoulders of a Bearded Man

Michelangelo, Vasari, and Their Contemporaries: Drawings from the Uffizi

January 25 though April 20, 2008

The show focuses on artists who worked on the frescoes, paintings, tapestries, and other decorative work that embellished the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, best known as the home of the Medici dukes.

Image of Bust of a Woman, Head of an Old Man and Bust of a Child