Artists have long been stimulated and motivated by the work of those who came before them—sometimes, centuries before them. In this lavishly designed and packaged new volume, 120 of the world’s most influential contemporary artists discuss the art that inspires them. Each compelling interview reveals how works in The Met collection have sparked their imaginations and shed new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Images of Met artworks accompany those by the artists, allowing readers to discover a rich web of visual connections that spans cultures and millennia.

An impressive and diverse roster of artists have contributed, including: Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Cecily Brown, Eric Fischl, Nan Goldin, Sheila Hicks, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Shahzia Sikander, Thomas Struth, Sarah Sze, Wayne Thiebaud, Mickalene Thomas, Lisa Yuskavage, and more than 100 others.