First Steps, after Millet (detail). Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Oil on canvas. 28 1/2 x 35 7/8 in., 1890. Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)
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Celebrating Fathers Through Art

Since as far back as ancient Egypt, artists have been honoring fathers in their works

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)

Father-Daughter Bonding

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)


  1. Author icon Albert R. RIce

    All of these are wonderful art works over the centuries that share the tender theme fathers and their children. They are very relevant today.

  2. What a beautiful, touching collection of a father’s enduring
    love throughout the ages. Thank you so much for this !

  3. Author icon Judy Fell Woods

    Thank you! I miss museums so much. The collection you shared today was wonderfully diverse in all areas but fatherhood. Don’t hesitate to share more! Happy Father’s Day!


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