Eyes to behold stunning artworks in world-class museums.


3 min read

The Metropolitan Museum has a number of artworks depicting boys, ranging from young children to adolescents. These artworks provide a glimpse into how different cultures and periods have represented boys and young men. Many of the artworks are religious in nature, depicting scenes from the Bible or other religious texts. Others are more secular, showing boys at play or engaged in various activities. Whatever the subject matter, these artworks offer a window into the lives of boys throughout history.

Rubens, Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Frans (1633–1678)

Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp / The Met

    This painting is a portrait of the artist and his wife.
    The artist's son is also in the painting.

Alfred Dedreux (1810–1860) as a Child

French, Rouen 1791–1824 Paris / The Met

    The subject of this portrait is the nephew of Gericault's friend the painter Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy.
    This canvas is one of a small group of drawings and paintings (in various collections) that depict the eight-or nine-year-old Alfred and his younger sister, Elisabeth, with remarkable self-possession and grace for their age.
    Alfred became a painter and, like Gericault, was enamored of horses.
   Eugène Delacroix, who had studied with Gericault, later owned this painting

Cadwallader Colden and His Grandson Warren De Lancey

1734–1805 / The Met

    This painting is a double portrait of Cadwallader Colden and his grandson.
    Cadwallader Colden was a physician, botanist, and physicist.
    The painting is realistic and the poses are successful.

Louis XV (1710–1774) as a Child

French, Perpignan 1659–1743 Paris / The Met

    Louis XV succeeded to the throne of France in 1715 upon the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV, who had reigned for more than seventy years.
    The five-year-old boy was the only surviving son of Louis, duc de Bourgogne, and Marie Adélaïde de Savoie, both of whom had died of smallpox in 1712.

A Huntsman and a Peasant Woman by the Isar River with a View of Munich

German, Mannheim 1766–1853 Munich / The Met

    This picture exemplifies Kobell's small, jewel-like Begegnungsbilder, or "encounter pictures," which depict meetings between peasants, mounted horsemen, or gentry, usually in scenic locales in the southeast German region of Bavaria.
    Here, a hunter and his dog (a Riesenbracke) appear alongside a small boy and a young peasant woman who wears the traditional costume of the region around Munich.
    Behind them is a sweeping view across the banks of the Isar River toward the city's skyline.
   Kobell made a companion painting to this one, now in the Cleveland Museum of Art

From 14th Century To 15th Century

From 14th Century To 15th Century

During the 14th and 15th centuries, artists in Europe began to break away from the traditional Gothic style. They began to experiment with new techniques and styles, resulting in a period of great creativity and innovation in the arts. Some of the most famous artworks from this period include the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and the sculptures of Donatello. Box with Romance Scenes     This coffret illustrated with scenes from Arthurian and other courtly literature of the M
-5 min read
From 1819 To 1826

From 1819 To 1826

The 19th century was a time of great change in the world of art. Artists began to experiment with new styles and media, and the art world was forever changed as a result. Some of the most famous artists of the time include Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. The Falls of Niagara     The painting is of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.     The painting is based on a vignette of the falls from a map of North America published by Henry S. Tanner in 1822. Heroic Landscape w
-4 min read
From 1787 To 1800

From 1787 To 1800

The 18th century was a time of great change in the world of art. New styles and genres emerged, and artists began to experiment with new techniques and materials. The art of the 18th century reflected the changing times, and the growing interest in the natural world and the human form. Elizabeth Farren (born about 1759, died 1829), Later Countess of Derby     The Irish actress Elizabeth Farren made her London debut in 1777 and soon became one of the most popular comic performers of the day.  
-5 min read