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“Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection,” our exhibition replete with masterpieces dating fro...
11/04/2015

“Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection,” our exhibition replete with masterpieces dating from the Tang dynasty (608–917) to the present, is now open. http://bit.ly/1NFWdzX
Unidentified Artist , active ca. 1300 | Lotus and waterbirds | ca. 1300

Read The New York Times review of "Kongo: Power and Majesty," our international loan exhibition featuring 146 of the mos...
09/19/2015

Read The New York Times review of "Kongo: Power and Majesty," our international loan exhibition featuring 146 of the most inspired creations of Kongo masters from the late fifteenth through the early twentieth century.

Senior Designer Brian Butterfield discusses the exhibition design for “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends,” on vi...
09/19/2015

Senior Designer Brian Butterfield discusses the exhibition design for “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends,” on view through October 4.

The strong sculptural traditions of pre-Islamic India continued to some extent during the later period, when figural ele...
09/19/2015

The strong sculptural traditions of pre-Islamic India continued to some extent during the later period, when figural elements such as this parrot were used as finials and other types of embellishment. The informal choice of subject and the simplicity of style suggest that this piece probably belonged in a provincial, rather than imperial, court setting. Ubiquitous in Indian life and often depicted in Mughal and Deccan paintings, parrots were also known in literature of the Mughal period, such as in the Tutinama (Tales of a Parrot).

This captivating painting, full of meticulously rendered details, features the interior of a goldsmith's shop. The count...
09/19/2015

This captivating painting, full of meticulously rendered details, features the interior of a goldsmith's shop. The counter opens directly onto the street, which is reflected in the convex mirror at right. Seated at his bench, the goldsmith is clearly the focus of the picture, which was likely commissioned by the goldsmith's guild in Bruges. The shelves are lined with secular and ecclesiastical vessels, jewelry, and many of the raw materials employed by the goldsmith as part of his craft. Rings feature prominently among the objects on display. A box of finger rings, presented on rolled sheets of parchment, sits on the cloth-draped shelf near the goldsmith's left shoulder. The fashionably dressed couple inside the shop watches as the goldsmith weighs a wedding band.

The rings featured in this exhibition come from the Griffin Collection, named after the mythical creature that is part l...
09/19/2015

The rings featured in this exhibition come from the Griffin Collection, named after the mythical creature that is part lion and part eagle. In medieval lore, the griffin was often a guardian of treasure and was known to seek out gold in rocks. While the collection includes finger rings from across the ages, our selection focuses specifically on objects made in the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods. These were especially innovative moments in the development of finger rings, and the wide variety of designs on view testifies to the creative energy of premodern goldsmiths. Related works from the Metropolitan's collection highlight the connections between rings and other works of art, such as painting, metalwork, and manuscript illumination.

The fascinating companion volume to the Met's special exhibition presents an unparalleled overview of Kongo masterpieces...
09/19/2015

The fascinating companion volume to the Met's special exhibition presents an unparalleled overview of Kongo masterpieces.

This dynamic exhibition reveals not only how the Mississippi and Missouri rivers advanced the integration of the West in...
09/19/2015

This dynamic exhibition reveals not only how the Mississippi and Missouri rivers advanced the integration of the West into a national narrative, but how Bingham's paintings claim a place for western character and identity in shaping the United States.

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09/19/2015

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09/19/2015

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