Philippe de Montebello is the eighth curator and the longest-serving curator of the museum's 135-year history. In addition to four and a half years as the curator of the Houston Art Museum, Mr. Montebello dedicated his life to the Metropolitan Museum. In 1963, he joined the Metropolitan Museum as an assistant to the curator and was promoted to the deputy director of the European Painting Department. In 1974, Mr. Montebello was appointed deputy curator for commentary and education, and unanimously continued until 1977 when he took over as curator.
Under the leadership of Mr. Montebello, the museum’s area has almost doubled. The museum houses a collection of precious collections and masterpieces, and is hailed as an international collection. The museum also offers a comprehensive educational program, and recently in the new and newly renovated pavilions at the request of countries around the world. Re-exhibition of the treasures of the town hall; in addition, on the side of the Fifth Avenue of the museum, the newly opened ancient Greek, Etruscan pavilion, and the collection of Lyon Levy and Shelby White (Leon Levy and Shelby White Court) The Roman Pavilion of the Romanesque building was renovated.
Mr. Montebello is recognized in the museum community as one of the most influential and one of the most eloquent in the fields of authority, education and the public. As a magazine puts it, the New York Metropolitan Museum's exhibits set the standard for academic precision and appealing exhibitions. The New Yorker’s report on Mr. Montebello said: “He won the unanimous respect of curators, employees and directors”. The Financial Times acknowledged that "he succeeded in gaining the unanimous approval of commentators and financial managers." Newsweek is also called the great embodiment of the Metropolitan Museum.