Photo by Wild Bill Melton

Photo by Wild Bill Melton

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Philippe de Montebello is the longest-serving director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history. His retirement in 2008 was described as the end of an era “in the cultural life of the city, the state, the nation, and the world.” His Rendez-vous with Art ( Thames & Hudson) confronts the eternal questions: how, and why, do we look at art? Philippe de Montebello was interviewed by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic and longtime chief art critic for The New York Times.