Rendez-vous with Art takes the reader on a stroll through a world-class museum collection with commentary by leading scholars in art history. Written in collaboration between Philippe de Montebello, former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and art critic Martin Gayford, the book is almost like a memoir of the duo's most memorable interactions with art in famous collections around the world.

In addition to looking closely at key works, the writers of this volume also ask the crucial question: why do we look at art? Adding historical context and insightful observations, Rendez-vous with Art reminds us that art is both of its time and also timeless.