The Humble and Noble Nature of Northern Renaissance Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit connects you with treasures of our past


The exhibition “Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance” is now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

There’s a prevailing attitude among some art enthusiasts that art that isn’t contemporary isn’t relevant. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has set out to debunk this perspective with an exhibition that runs through June 23, 2019, called “Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance.”


“A lot of people have a sort of hesitancy to engage with 16th-century European art because it just feels so alien to what they are used to now, what they enjoy now, and they shy away from this idea of the princely class spending obscene amounts of money on art objects,” said the exhibition’s curator Elizabeth Cleland by phone.