Luke Syson to Head Metropolitan Museum’s European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department

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NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Luke Syson will become the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, effective in January 2012. Currently at the National Gallery, London, Mr. Syson holds the dual positions of Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 and Head of Research. As curator, he most recently organized the upcoming major exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, which will open in November. As Head of Research, he has led the effort to focus and enhance the gallery’s scholarly research program through the creation of research and study partnerships and other initiatives. He will succeed Ian Wardropper, who will become director of The Frick Collection in New York in October. James David Draper, the Metropolitan Museum’s