This year marks the centenary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Prints. Today, as it reaches 100 years in operation, the Met’s Department of Prints holdings are vast: 1.2 million prints, 17,000 drawings, and 12,000 illustrated books. Items from the collection are exhibited for shorter period, usually around 3 months, and under specific conditions, to protect them.

To celebrate the department’s centenary, The Power of Prints opened on January 26. Until May 22nd, it will display works that include masterpieces from artists such as Rembrandt and Goya, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience first-hand some of the heritage of the Department of Prints.

If anyone’s in NY during that time, they can do a lot worse than an afternoon there. You can find out more about the exhibition and view the complete listings (269 pieces) on the Met’s website. The catalog is also available from the Met’s store, priced at $35.

With thanks to Atlas Obscura for alerting me to the exhibition.

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