All the Beauty in the World

All the Beauty in the World: A Museum Guard’s Adventures in Life, Loss and Art

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 16/03/2023
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All the Beauty in the World
Fascinating and moving tales from one of the world's greatest art museums.
3.5 As someone with a keen interest in art and curating, I've often considered what it would be like to work in a museum, so when I saw this upcoming rel... READ MORE
Sam E
All the Beauty in the World
The Healing Power of Art: Masterpieces at a Human Level
A fascinating delve into the world of a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bringley spent ten years of his life as a Met Museum guard a... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


A revelatory portrait of life in a great museum and the moving story of one guard's quest to find solace and meaning in art Millions of people climb the grand marble staircase into New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few spend long, quiet days communing with masterpieces. They are the overlooked guards in dark suits, keeping careful watch over this vast treasure house. Caught up in the early days of a glamorous journalism career, Patrick Bringley never thought he'd be one of them. Then his brother was diagnosed with fatal cancer, and he needed to escape the mundane clamour of daily life. So, he quit and sought solace in the most beautiful place he knew. To his surprise, this temporary refuge becomes his 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, and derives meaning and comfort from works of art. Bringley enters the museum as a ghost, silent and almost invisible, but soon finds his voice and place among the lively subculture of museum guards. As his bonds with colleagues and the artwork grow, he learns 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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781847926678
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 409g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 25 mm

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All the Beauty in the World
A joy from start to finish
This book is something of an unexpected gem. It’s much more than an enjoyable look behind-the-scenes at the iconic New York museum. The author also explore... READ MORE