Today is Father’s Day—and we’re paying a special tribute to all the fathers, grandfathers, dads, stepdads, and all father figures out there. Enjoy this look at works from The Met collection that put a spotlight on fatherhood.
To dad, daddy, dada, papa, pop…: We wish you a Happy Father’s Day!
The Devoted Husband and Father
Conversation Piece. Lilly Martin Spencer (American, 1822–1902). Oil on canvas. 28 5/16 x 22 5/8 in., ca. 1851–52. Maria DeWitt Jesup and Morris K. Jesup Funds, 1998 (1998.413)
The Playful Dad
The Pleasures of Fatherhood. Louis Philibert Debucourt (French, 1755–1832). Etching and aquatint, printed in color. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.100.34)
A Father’s Strength
Man Carrying a Child on His Shoulder. Barthélemy Prieur (French, 1536–1611). Bronze. 9 1/2 in., 3lb., late 16th–early 17th century. Gift of Ogden Mills, 1924 (24.212.12)
Father and Son: A Portrait in Ancient Times
Naos stela with Pa-inmu and his father It, son of Pedise. From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara. Basalt. H. 39.5 × W. 30.3 × D. 10 cm, 26.5 kg, Late Period, Saite, Dynasty 26, 664–610 B.C. Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966 (66.99.67)
A Musician and His Daughter. Thomas de Keyser (Dutch, 1596/97–1667). Oil on wood. 29 1/2 x 20 3/4 in., 1629. Gift of Edith Neuman de Végvár, in honor of her husband, Charles Neuman de Végvár, 1964 (64.65.4)
A Simple Act of Love
Father Feeding his Child. Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610–1685). Etching. 4 15/16 × 3 9/16 in., 1610–85. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951 (51.501.487)
A Father’s Embrace
Satyr Father and Son. After a composition by Joseph-Charles Marin (French, 1759–1834). Bronze. H: 5 9/16 in., 18th–19th century. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Halpert, in memory of Dr. Emanuel Winternitz, 1986 (1986.255)