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“Inspiring Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” Hardcover Book Companion to the Met’s Exhibit Available to Order

Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press

“Inspiring Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” is opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on December 10, 2021, and fans from home will be able to order the exhibit’s catalog from home!

Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press

The exhibition, which will be on view until March 6, 2022 was done in collaboration with Wallace Collection in London, and takes a deep dive into the French decorative arts that inspired Disney animators and artists and how they can be seen and used in classic Disney animated films. With focuses on everything from tapestries and furniture to the various types of architecture featured in films like ‘Cinderella,’ (1950), ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (1959), and ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ (1991) the exhibition and its accompanying book is sure to fascinate any Disney fan.

Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The book comes in a hardcover edition written by Wolf Bouchard, Associate Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press. If you are hoping to order a copy from home, they are available for purchase on Amazon here.

“Inspiring Disney” is loaded with information sharing the details of how Disney artists were inspired by real works of art while creating visuals for some of our favorite films from Walt Disney Animation Studios as well as photos of art and artifacts, sketches, and finished scenes from the films.

Yale University Press shared a brief clip flipping through the book below so we can get a sneak peek at what’s inside:

“Inspiring Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” surely seems well worth the trip to New York City, so if you are hoping to view the exhibition in person, be sure to plan your next trip by March 6, 2022 to see the exhibit before it’s gone. Learn more about the exhibit via the Met’s website here.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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