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Dear Membership News Subscriber,

November is the ideal
time to get in the holiday spirit at the Met! Join today to receive the many benefits of
Membership, including free admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. Or take
advantage of a unique online offering: intimate portraits of Met
personalities—including curator Helen C. Evans, who organized The Philippe de Montebello Years—in
interviews available exclusively to Members in their monthly
newsletters and in a Members-only section of our

Join today and enjoy a 20% discount in The Met Store during Members Double Discount Days from November 11
through 24. Get inspired to start your holiday card writing or choose early from a
wide variety of unique Christmas ornaments and Judaica in the new
Holiday Shop, conveniently located at the Museum’s
81st Street entrance. From November 28 through December 30, this
shopping location will be open seven days a week until 7:00

Museum Members also receive discounts on Audio Guide rentals, 10% off purchases
year-round in all Met Museum Stores in the United States and online,
and much more. Become a Member today!

We wish you
and your family a healthy and joyous start to the holiday season and
look forward to seeing you here soon!

Thank you for your
continued generosity.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This

Philippe de Montebello’s
     Enduring Legacy

Exclusive Audio for Members

Members-Only Exhibition

Member Double Discount Days
    and New Holiday Shop

Holiday Reception and Gala

For Young Members

de Montebello’s Enduring Legacy

Last month, the Metropolitan unveiled the most comprehensive
in-house exhibition it has ever mounted. The Philippe de Montebello Years (on view
through February 1, 2009) serves as a tribute to the Museum’s eighth
and longest-serving director. Helen C. Evans, the Mary and Michael
Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, organized the show that includes
more than 250 masterpieces—from each of the Met’s curatorial
departments—of the 84,000-plus acquired during the director’s
31-year tenure. She spoke with Membership News Editor Eti
Bonn-Muller about the legacy he will leave and what she will miss
most about working with him.

The interview is available in
the monthly newsletter for Members and will be archived in the Members-only section of our

Visit a special section of our website devoted to The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate
Three Decades of Acquisitions
. Here you will find links
to related audio series and videos, our first-ever online exhibition catalogue, and more.

For another look at this remarkable exhibition, we recommend
a slideshow, complete with audio commentary, from The New York
: De Montebello at the Met.

your visit to "The Philippe de Montebello Years" exhibition, hear
the story of the acquisitions on our Audio Guide tour, which features
conversations between the director and Museum curators, for the
Members’ discounted price of $6. For families and younger audiences
(ages 7–12), special Story Time at the Met episodes are also
available in which Philippe de Montebello recounts myths, legends,
and fairy tales related to three works in the exhibition.

are pleased to offer a bonus excerpt of this audio tour exclusively
to our Members, available in the Members-only section of our

Please take this opportunity to become a Member today! In light of the
director’s myriad contributions to the Museum’s collection over the
years, please consider attending The Acquisitions Fund Benefit on Thursday,
December 11. This year’s black-tie dinner will establish the
Philippe de Montebello Fund for Acquisitions, and is a vital source
of support for the Museum’s Acquisitions Fund. Call 212-570-3948 for
more information.

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Audio for Members

We are pleased to offer a bonus excerpt from "The Philippe de
Montebello Years" audio tour on the Members-only section of our

Also coming soon for Members, a sneak peak of the
audio tour for the upcoming exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy.

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Members-Only Exhibition Previews

Art and Love in Renaissance

November 18, 2008–February 16,

This exhibition will explore the various exceptional
objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian
Renaissance. The approximately 150 objects, which date from around
1400 to the mid-16th century, range from exquisite examples of
maiolica and jewelry given as gifts to the couple, to marriage
portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such
as the Metropolitan’s Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian
artist Lorenzo Lotto. See the online preview for more information,
including sponsorship credits.

•  Daytime previews
(by invitation): November 11–16

•  Evening
reception for Supporting Members: November

•  Evening receptions for Members beginning at
the Sustaining level: November 20 and 25

During your visit to
the exhibition, rent an Audio Guide at the Members’ discounted price
of $6.

Join today and enjoy a special daytime or
evening preview of the exhibition.


Get an inside perspective on the exhibition
before it even opens to the public: Attend a special Sunday at the Met afternoon of lectures on
November 16 at 2:00 p.m. (free with Museum admission). Andrea Bayer,
curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Paintings, will
introduce the event, which focuses on the exceptional objects
created during the Italian Renaissance to celebrate love and

Image: Venus with the Organist and a Dog (detail), ca. 1550, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio),
(Italian, Venetian, ca. 1488?–1576). Museo Nacional del Prado,

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Double Discount Days and New Holiday Shop

Double Discount Days
This month, don’t
miss our Members Double Discount Days. Museum Members save 20% on
their purchases online and in stores November 11 through November
24. See Special Offers for Members for details. If
you are not yet a Member, join now to take advantage of these extra
savings just in time for the holidays.

Shopping Day

All Gift Shops within the Museum will be
open exclusively for Members during this private shopping event on
Monday, November 24, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00

New Holiday Shop
The Met Store’s new
Holiday Shop, conveniently located at the Museum’s 81st Street
entrance on Fifth Avenue, will be open 7 days a week until 7:00
p.m., from November 28 through December 30.

Become a Member today and save when you
shop at The Met Store.

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Reception and Gala Dinner

Members at the President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron,
Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, and Sustaining levels are invited to
celebrate the holidays at the Main Building during a private
reception and at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens for a gala dinner.

Holiday Reception

Supporting and
Sustaining Members may attend a special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on
Tuesday, December 2, in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Enjoy
a light supper and dessert reception with other Members in the
Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Attend this
exclusive event when it’s most convenient for you: 6:00–8:00 p.m. or
8:30–10:30 p.m. $200 per person.

Purchase tickets online. For more
information, please call Karen Winiarski at

Learn about the Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque

Gala Dinner at The
Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Supporting Members will
enjoy Gallery Talks about the collection, including the renowned Unicorn Tapestries, followed by dinner and
dancing in The Cuxa Cloister on Wednesday, December 10
from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Black-tie event. $400 per person.

Purchase tickets online. For more
information, please call Karen Winiarski at

Holidays at the

Find out about other upcoming festivities in the
annual Holidays at the Met section of our

Image: Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque
Twenty-foot blue spruce
with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs
among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the
Nativity scene at its base, displayed in the Museum’s Medieval
Sculpture Hall. Gift of Loretta Hines Howard.

Choir Screen from the Cathedral of
(behind the tree),
1763; Spanish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The
William Randolph Hearst Foundation, 1956 (56.234.1)

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For Young


The Met is connecting with
Young Members and other audiences across
the globe by offering new ways to learn about art. We also want you
to share your Met Museum experiences with others!

Learn more
on MetShare, an introduction to the Met’s
presence on YouTube, Flickr, MySpace, and more. From there, you may
subscribe to receive notifications whenever new videos are added on
YouTube, become a fan of the Museum on Facebook, listen to audio clips from our
concerts on MySpace, and more.


New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt,

In the late 1930s, Rudy Burckhardt created
what are today considered to be some of the greatest photographs of
New York ever made—67 now-classic images of street furniture,
outdoor advertising, and pedestrians, selected and sequenced by
Burckhardt in 1940.


Portraits and Society: From Impressionism to

Join Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Distinguished
Professor of History and Theory in the School of Architecture, City
College of CUNY, on Wednesday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m. This lively
lecture will look at portraits from an unusual time, when
revolutions in artistic representation matched enormous changes in
the social and political structure of Europe and in the place and
identity of the artist. Tickets: $23. Learn more.

Young Members

In the summer of 2008, the Museum held its
second-annual Young Members Party, and it was a resounding success.
Catch a glimpse of the party in this video from the Museum’s YouTube channel.

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Not To Be

See these critically acclaimed
special exhibitions

Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints

Through December 7,

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without

Through March 22,

See all special exhibitions.

Travel with the

Mayan Kings & Great Pyramids: A Yucatán Voyage
Aboard Le Levant


December 26, 2008—January 4, 2009

Travel aboard
the yacht Le Levant

Land/cruise rates:
from $6,990

For a list of upcoming trips or for more
information, please visit Travel with the Met or call 212-650-2110.

for a family adventure over the New
Year holiday. From the colonial city of Mérida, discover Chichén
Itz, with its pyramids and the carved facades of its temples.
Experience Uxmal, with the richest decorations of all Mayan cities,
as well as Campeche, Tulum, and Belize.

The Met Store Featured Item

Avian Holiday Cards

Our charming card reproduces a delightful watercolor
painted by American artist Adolf Dehn in 1953.

Member Price:
Non-Member Price: $17.95

Experience the fine art of
shopping at The Met Store.

Members Double Discount Days:
November 11 through November 24

Met Podcast Episode

The first of 11 interviews between Philippe de Montebello
and the Museum’s curators was recently published as a Met Podcast
episode. Download this episode to listen to the
director and European Paintings curator Keith Christiansen discuss
Duccio’s Madonna and Child.

conversation was produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate
Three Decades of Acquisitions
, on view through February
1, 2009.

During your visit to the exhibition, rent the
special Audio Guide with more one-on-one
conversations with the director and Museum curators.

New Audio Guides

Get an up-close-and-personal tour of the Museum’s
collection and special exhibitions through engaging Audio Guide commentary by prominent
curators and educators. A recently added segment features the works
on view in the extraordinary exhibition, Giorgio Morandi, 1890–1964 (through
December 14).

Museum Members receive a discount on Audio
Guide rentals. You may also purchase a Frequent User
to receive additional discounts. See Audio Guide for more information.

A Gift That Provides Stable Payments

A wonderful way to support the Metropolitan Museum and
also create a fixed stream of income is through a charitable gift
annuity. With a gift of $10,000 or more, a charitable gift annuity
can offer:

•  A secure stream of income for life
for yourself or someone you care about
•  Higher income
from long-held but underperforming stocks and minimize
•  A current tax
•  Protection from stock market
•  Removal of contributed assets from your
taxable estate
•  Membership in The William

Gift annuity donors enjoy a current tax deduction,
and if appreciated securities are used to create an annuity they may
receive additional tax benefits.

For more information on how
an annuity might work for you, please call the Planned Giving
Program at 212-570-3796 or use our life-income calculator on the
Museum’s website, in the Planned Giving
section under Ways to
or email us at

Upcoming Sunday at the Met

The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate
Three Decades of Acquisitions

Sunday, December 7,
2:00 p.m.

The acquisition of works of art is central to the
mission of the Museum and has been a hallmark of Philippe de
Montebello’s tenure. Since 1999 the Museum has documented this
process in a series of videos produced for the Museum’s Acquisitions
Benefit Fund Dinner. This afternoon program offers a rare glimpse
into the Museum’s complex acquisition process by featuring a
selection of these videos, followed by a panel discussion with
Museum curators moderated by Philippe de Montebello.

Due to
popular demand and seating limitations, this program will be
ticketed. Tickets are free with Museum admission and may be picked
up on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket kiosk in the
lobby in front of the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium beginning at
10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 7.

Recommended same-day admission to the Main Building of
the Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $20 for adults,
$15 for seniors, and $10 for students, and is free to Members and
children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult. See
to purchase
advance admission from TicketWeb.

As a Member, you receive
free admission to the Main Building
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
, invitations to exhibition previews and
receptions, special dining privileges
, and
discounts in The Met Store

Exact benefits vary by


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Join today and don’t
miss a moment of this fall’s festivities as we celebrate Philippe de
Montebello’s 31 years as director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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