“As rich in moving insights as the Met is in treasures, All the Beauty in the World reminds us of the importance of learning not “about art, but from it.” This is art appreciation at a profound level.” – NPR

Patrick Bringley worked for ten years as guard in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His memoir, All the Beauty in the World, has been recommended by the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, NPR, the Associated Press, and elsewhere. Patrick has appeared on NPR Weekend Edition, WNYC, and CBS news, and has been interviewed by Vox, The New Yorker, the Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets. In late March, an interview filmed at the Met will air on Good Morning America. In the run up to his book’s publication, Patrick lead dozens of “insider’s” tours of the museum for a variety of clientele. Previously, he worked in the editorial events office of The New Yorker.

All The Beauty In The World

Simon & Schuster |

A fascinating, revelatory portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its treasures by a former New Yorker staffer who spent a decade as a museum guard.

Millions of people climb the grand marble staircase to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few have unrestricted access to every nook and cranny. They’re the guards who roam unobtrusively in dark blue suits, keeping a watchful eye on the two million square foot treasure house. Caught up in his glamorous fledgling career at The New Yorker, Patrick Bringley never thought he’d be one of them. Then his older brother was diagnosed with fatal cancer and he found himself needing to escape the mundane clamor of daily life. So he quit The New Yorker and sought solace in the most beautiful place he knew.

To his surprise and the reader’s delight, this temporary refuge becomes Bringley’s home away from home for a decade. We follow him as he guards delicate treasures from Egypt to Rome, strolls the labyrinths beneath the galleries, wears out nine pairs of company shoes, and marvels at the beautiful works in his care. Bringley enters the museum as a ghost, silent and almost invisible, but soon finds his voice and his tribe: the artworks and their creators and the lively subculture of museum guards—a gorgeous mosaic of artists, musicians, blue-collar stalwarts, immigrants, cutups, and dreamers. As his bonds with his colleagues and the art grow, he comes to understand how fortunate he is to be walled off in this little world, and how much it resembles the best aspects of the larger world to which he gradually, gratefully returns.

In the tradition of classic workplace memoirs like Lab Girl and Working StiffAll The Beauty in the World is a surprising, inspiring portrait of a great museum, its hidden treasures, and the people who make it tick, by one of its most intimate observers.


Book Talk: All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me


Sacred Art at the Met: From the Pharaohs to the Old Masters.

In this illustrated lecture, Patrick travels over continents and across millennia, exploring sacred masterpieces that seem to transcend our ordinary, day-to-day world.


What the Old Masters Teach: Lessons about Life and Death in Art

Looking closely at masterpiece paintings, Patrick explores vital and resonant themes taken up time and again by great artists.


A Guard’s Guide of the Met: An Intimate, Illustrated Tour

With the aid of art slides and photographs, Patrick is your guide through the Met, shedding new light on familiar masterpieces and revealing secrets of its operation hidden in plain sight.

An Insider’s Tour of the Met Museum

Patrick’s Website

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Earphones Award Winner from Audiofile for Patrick Bringley’s narration of ALL THE BEAUTY IN THE WORLD. Earphones Awards are for “truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.”

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