All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

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Simon & Schuster
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Patrick Bringley worked for ten years as a guard in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to that, he worked in the editorial events office at The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. All the Beauty in the World is his first book.
"Exquisite... A beautiful tale about beauty. It is also a tale about grief, balancing solitude and comradeship, and finding joy in both the exalted and the mundane." --The Washington Post

"An empathic chronicle of one museum, the works collected there and the people who keep it running -- all recounted by an especially patient observer." --The New York Times Book Review

"As rich in moving insights as the Met is in treasures, All the Beauty in the World reminds us of the importance of learning not "about art, but from it." This is art appreciation at a profound level."--NPR

"Hauntingly beautiful... A work of art as luminous as the old master paintings that comforted him in his grief." --The Associated Press

"Told with real literary gusto and an impressive command of pace and shape. After finishing this book, plenty of sensitive readers will be desperate to become museum guards." --The Times of London

"Consoling and beautiful" --The Guardian

"Bringley's story overflows with wonder, beauty, and the persistence of hope, as he finds not just solace but meaning and inspiration in the masterpieces that surround him." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A profound homage to the marvels of a world-class museum and a radiant chronicle of grief, perception, and a renewed embrace of life." --Bookpage

"Earphones Award Winner... With his engaging voice, Patrick Bringley takes the listener inside New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in a uniquely personal way." --Audiofile

"The book works on so many wonderful levels... that at the end you make plans to visit the book again, perhaps this time with it under your arm on your next visit to the Met." --Air Mail

"This absorbing memoir is also a beautifully written manual on how to appreciate art, and life. It's a must-read for art lovers" --Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

"Patrick Bringley offers an intimate perspective on one of the world's greatest institutions. But All the Beauty in the World is about much more: the strange human impulse to make art, the mystery of experiencing art, and what role art can play in our lives. What a gift." --Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

"This book makes me yearn to have Patrick Bringley at my side in every museum I will visit for the rest of my life. Having a copy of All the Beauty in the World in my purse will be the next best thing."--Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl and The Story of More

"Illuminating and transformative experiences shared by a guard from one of the world's greatest museums. Patrick Bringley is a lucky guy."--Kerry James Marshall, artist, Mastry retrospective at the Met

"Simply wonderful. This funny, moving, beautifully written book takes the reader on a journey that unfolds as epiphanies. It is a testament to the capacity of art to illuminate life." --Keith Christiansen, Curator Emeritus, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"An astounding book about an astounding place. All the Beauty in the World is at once a keenly intelligent examination of the power of art and a profoundly empathetic exploration of the workaday culture that makes art visible to all." --Alex Ross, New Yorker staff writer and author of Wagnerism and The Rest is Noise