Past Exhibitions

April 17 through October 18, 2009

Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan's collecting interests, the exhibition included old master and modern drawings, literary and musical manuscripts, illuminated texts, and rare printed books and bindings.

Image of Collection Highlights of Acquisitions Since 2004
June 19 through September 13, 2009

This exhibition comprised nearly sixty lavish single leaves, dating from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

Image of Scenes from the Life of David
January 23 through August 30, 2009

Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection presents more than twenty works drawn from the collection of Eugene V. and Clare Thaw, which chronicles the history of the genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Image of Clouds Study
May 22 through August 16, 2009

Drawn from the Morgan's collection, the exhibition examines the origins of modern scenic design and chronicles the evolution of stage sets during the highly innovative period of ca. 1900 to 1970.

Image of Construction for a Tragedy
January 23 through May 24, 2009

Celebrating the art of the cartoonist, On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker features approximately eighty original drawings by some of The New Yorker's most talented and beloved artists who have tackled the theme of money and the many ways in which it defines us.

Image of A very special interest to see you, Senator.
January 23 through May 3, 2009

The show features more than eighty works that have been added to the Thaw collection since 2002, many of them important modern drawings by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Jim Dine, and David Smith, among others.

Image of Study for Breton Girls Dancing
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
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
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
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