Luke Syson

How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art

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Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies — Very Serious Art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics — pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day ...

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Luke Syson · Curator

As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.

As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.