Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Longest Serving Director Retires

January 9th, 2008

Philippe De Montebello via the Met

Philippe De Montebello, the longest serving director in the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. De Montebello has held the position since 1971 and will continue to serve until his replacement is named, with a deadline set for December 31st of 2008. Originally from France, Mr. De Montebello received the distinguished Legion de Honor from the Cultural Minister of France for his immense contributions to both New York’s and the world’s Artistic culture.

NYC’s Met Museum Director to Retire [Washington Post]
Met’s De Montebello Says `Time Is Right’ to Retire [Bloomberg]
Director (and Voice) of Metropolitan Museum to Retire [NY Times]
Director Philippe de Montebello Announces Retirement from The Metropolitan Museum of Art [Art Daily]

See Hiring Committee Members and his favorite works after the jump.

His favorite works include Jan Van Eyck’s Crucifiction of Christ and “Mezzetin” by Jean Antoine Watteau. The search committee will be chaired by Annette De La Renta and includes James Houghton, Robert Joffe, Shelby White, and Cynthia Polsky