Dates of office: 2019
Luke Syson joined the Fitzwilliam Museum as Director and Marlay Curator in February 2019 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he had worked since 2012. During his time there he had oversight of the USA’s largest and most comprehensive collection of European applied arts and sculpture. In particular, he was involved in the complete refurbishment of the British Galleries, a $22m project that opened in January 2020.
Prior to joining the Met, Luke was Curator of Italian Painting Before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery in London, where he led the successful campaign to acquire Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks for the nation and curated the highly‐acclaimed Leonardo da Vinci – Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition of 2011. He was also one of the curators who organised the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, where he was Curator of Medals, and had a leading role in the team that planned the new Medieval and Renaissance art galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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