Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851) Rough Sea, ca. 1840–1845, oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)/
Tate, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Not since the Whitney Museum of American Art moved to its new Renzo Piano building last year has a New York museum event been as eagerly awaited as the Metropolitan Museum’s expansion into the Whitney’s former home, the Marcel Breuer–designed fortress on Madison Avenue and Seventy-fifth Street. That the Met would have an...

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