Philippe de Montebello
Ars Brevis: The Vulnerability of Art and the Instability of Meaning

After thirty-one years as the longest serving director in the Metropolitan Museum's 140 year history, Philippe de Montebello retired in 2008. One year later, he became the first scholar in residence at the Prado Museum, Madrid, and launched a new academic career as Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. In 2008, Mr. de Montebello was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and in 2012 he was elected Honorary Trustee of the Prado, as well as the French Académie des Beaux Arts. President G.W. Bush awarded Mr. de Montebello the National Medal of the Arts. Six years later, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Medal of the Humanities. Mr. de Montebello is the fourth person only to have received both awards. Philippe de Montebello is the television co-host with Paula Zahn of the Emmy Award winning WNET/PBS weekly series NYCArts.



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