Who here is a fan of the classic rom-com “You’ve Got Mail”? ✉️ Since today marks 20 years since the movie’s release, here’s a work from our collection depicting more traditional forms of mail. This two-dimensional oil painting by William Michael Harnett features cards and envelopes tucked under pink tape covering wood board. The curling edges, subtle shadows, and distinctive textures tease the viewer into imagining that all the painted elements are real. #TheMet ____ Artwork: William Michael Harnett (1848–1892) | The Artist’s Letter Rack | 1879
🌧 On this rainy day in NYC, take a look at this 13th–14th century Mixtec mask depicting the rain god Tlaloc. Many peoples in ancient Mexico made masks of different types and in a variety of materials. Some depict idealized human faces, others animals or supernatural beings. This mask, carved from a light green serpentine, represents the rain god #Tlaloc with the characteristic ringed eyes, prominent teeth, and a mouth with an upper lip-moustache that curls on each side. You can find this work on display in Gallery 358. #TheMet ____ Artwork: Rain God Mask | 13th–14th century | Mexico, Mesoamerica
💐 Hear how Eugène Delacroix’s “Basket of Flowers” painting in The Met's collection was restored to its original brilliance. In this audio interview, associate curator Asher Miller discusses how artworks like this one inspired a whole generation of young impressionists. Visit the link in our bio to listen to the full interview, and then see the painting on view in “Delacroix” through January 6. #EugeneDelacroix#ExpoDelacroix
This 1913 photo of children at The Met is among the many photographs, drawings, documents, press clippings, and ephemera in the Museum Archives. What’s it like to collect, organize, and preserve these materials? Find out by watching our #HaveWeMetYet Instagram Story Takeover today, featuring The Met’s Managing Archivist @jim.moske. #MuseumArchives#Archivist#AugusteRodin#TheMet
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This sculpture is not just festive…it’s delicious! 🍭Titled “Winter in Amsterdam,” this charming holiday scene is made entirely of sugar. Stop by The Met’s Cafeteria through January 6 to admire the petite masterpiece and creative handiwork that took pastry chefs on @TheMetDining team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Randy Eastman, over a month to craft from scratch. #TheMet
It's the last week to see "Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal," closing on December 16. The exhibition centers on five spectacular examples of the single most potent symbol of Buddhist ritual as performed in Nepal: the Vajracarya priest's crown. Made of gilt copper with medallions inset with semiprecious stones, rock crystal, turquoise, and coral, these crowns preserve the memory of early Indian Buddhist practices. ____ Pictured: Vajracarya's ritual crown, 13th century. Nepal, Early Malla period.
Gogh-ing to visit The Met soon? Make sure to stop by galleries 822 and 825 to view all 16 of the European paintings department’s works by Vincent van Gogh on display. These masterpieces are often loaned to exhibitions around the world, so seeing them all together is a not-to-be-missed occasion. Visitors can enjoy highlights from the artist's prolific years in France, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. ____ Artwork: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Cypresses, 1889. Oil on canvas. #VincentvanGogh#VanGogh#TheMet
“Armenia!” is the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people over 14 centuries, starting with their conversion to Christianity in the early 4th century through their leading role on international trade routes in the 17th century. More than 140 objects on view include opulent gilded reliquaries, richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), church models, and printed books. See #MetArmenia now through January 13, 2019 at #TheMet. ____ Artwork: Altar Frontal. New Julfa, 1741. Gold, silver, and silk threads on silk. Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia. Photo: Hrair Hawk Khatcherian and Lilit Khachatryan
In its “non-touristy” guide to The Met, @NYMag recommends visiting the Gubbio Studiolo in Gallery 501. At first glance, it may look like a fully outfitted interior, with benches and cabinets casting shadows…but it’s an illusion. Look closer and you’ll see the walls are carried out in a wood-inlay technique known as intarsia. Do you have a favorite place to visit in The Met? Share your answer below or through our Instagram Story. ____ Pictured: Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio, ca. 1478–82. Designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, 1439–1501). #GubbioStudiolo#TheMet