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Philippe de Montebello (born 1936 [in Paris]) is the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the longest-serving holder of the post in the institution's history.
He announced his resignation on 8 January 2008, stating that he intended to retire by the end of the year.
Montebello was educated at the Lycée Français in New York, where he received his baccalauréat in 1958. He then went on to study art history at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude, before continuing his studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts under Charles Sterling, the expert in French Renaissance art.
Under his directorship the Metropolitan Museum has nearly doubled in size to two million square feet. (Wikipedia)