Everett Philip Fahy Jr., a Darby native and chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s European paintings department, has died at the age of 77 after complications with Parkinson’s disease, writes Richard Sandomir for The New York Times.
Fahy was a prominent historian of Florentine painters of the late-15th and early-16th centuries. He first joined the Met in 1968 as consultant to then-director Thomas Hovig, but left after only a year.
“I was like a little golden boy whom nobody knew what to do with,” Fahy said.
After teaching at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts for a year, he returned to the Met as curator in charge of European paintings. He again left after a disagreement with Hovig over the sale of Rousseau’s “The Tropics.”
He ran the Frick Collection for 13 years before returning to the Met in 1986 as chairman of European paintings. There, he had a reputation for letting his curators do their jobs without much interference.
“He was a great administrator,” said Katharine Baetjer, a curator of European paintings at the Met.
Read more about Everett Philip Fahy’s life in The New York Times by clicking here.