Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: MET

Michael Cirigliano

Managing Editor, Digital, The MET

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028 United States



Webby Awards Art / Websites Art 2017

Telling The Story Of Art And Global Culture




The thesis of the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is simple: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in a unique position to present the history of art through its unparalleled collection, which represents more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the Ancient Near East to works being created today. Integration of content across the publication—including thematic essays, chronologies, works of art, and keywords—is the key to the publication's success, in that every user has an unending path of discovery available to them. Anyone can begin their journey exploring 20th-century Cubist works of Fernand Léger and end their session learning about the Assyrian lamassu who guard the museum's first-century B.C. Assyrian Sculpture Court.


By leveraging the scholarship of the Metropolitan's expert curators, conservators, research assistants, fellows, and other guest authors, the Timeline has become a premier reference, research, and teaching tool used by students and scholars of art history across the world. The publication garners more than eighteen million pageviews a year, or one quarter of all traffic to metmuseum.org. Since its inception in 2000, the Timeline has grown to comprise more than 1,000 essays, nearly 8,000 works of art, 300 chronologies, and 4,000 keywords. Just as the Metropolitan's collection grows each year in order to better interpret our global heritage, new essays and works of art are added to the Timeline every month, expanding points of entry for every user and deepening our collective understanding of art history.



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