The flat terrain of the Netherlands provided the unlikely inspiration for the birth of independent landscape painting in Europe. Many 17th-century Dutch painters embraced the broad vistas and dramatic skies of their native land, transforming ordinary fields and harbors into meditations on the relationship between people and their environment. Get lost in the landscapes currently on view in the exhibition “In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met.” #MetDutchMasterpieces#DutchMasterpieces#TheMet#JacobvanRuisdael ____ Artwork: Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/29–1682). Wheat Fields, ca. 1670. Oil on canvas.
Happy birthday to Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. 🚀 Neil Armstrong’s photo of Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon in 1969 will be among the works on display in “Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography,” opening July 2. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the exhibition will survey visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. #MetApollosMuse#Apollo50#BuzzAldrin ____ Image: Neil Armstrong (American, 1930—2012). National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “Astronaut Edward E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. Walks on the Surface of the Moon, Apollo 11,” 1969. Dye transfer print.
📷 Today’s #MetMoment pick is @drfentanes’ photo of the Grand Staircase in the Great Hall. Can you name the artist who painted “The Triumph of Marius,” displayed at the top of the stairs in Gallery 600?
Hear from today’s most exciting and inspiring architects, artists, photographers, writers, and filmmakers at “In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day.” Join us today from 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. for this symposium presenting the best spatial projects of 2018 and beyond. This program is free with Museum admission; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Can’t make it today? Visit The Met’s Facebook to watch a live stream of the symposium. This program is made possible by Aesop (@aesopskincare). The media sponsor is @dezeen.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer free admission to all federal employees and one guest each for the duration of the federal government shutdown. Visitors may redeem admission by presenting a federal government ID at any of the three locations (The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters). The offer begins tomorrow, Saturday, January 19.
❄ Did you know that the first known photograph of a single snowflake was captured by Wilson Alwyn Bentley in 1885? A self-educated farmer from Vermont, Bentley was a pioneer in the field of photomicrography and used a microscope fitted to a bellows camera to photograph snowflakes. For over half a century, he pursued his obsession with the unique forms of snow crystals, cataloguing the endless variations on a basic hexagonal structure. @metphotographs #WilsonAlwynBentley#snowcrystal ____ Image: Wilson Alwyn Bentley (American, 1865–1931). [Snow Crystal], 1890s–1920s. Gelatin silver print.
This spectacular medieval sculpture of a Celestial Dancer from Central India graphically conveys the wealth of ornamentation used to enhance the efficacy of Hindu deities. The body is richly embellished with a full repertoire of jewelry, including a diadem, ear ornaments, jasmine-bud necklace and belt, bands for the upper arm, and pendant necklaces. You can see this sculpture alongside paintings, prints, photographs, and a selection of dazzling jewelry spanning time and place in “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” on view through February 24. #MetJewelry ____ Artwork: Celestial dancer (Devata) | Central India, Madhya Pradesh | Chandela period, mid-11th century
There are only a couple weeks left to explore “Chippendale’s Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker,” on view through January 27. The exhibition looks closely at how Thomas Chippendale’s influential book of furniture designs, “The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director,” cemented his name as England's most famous cabinetmaker and endured to inspire furniture design up to the present day. Built around works in The Met collection, the exhibition includes original preparatory drawings from the Chippendale workshop alongside a selection of British and American furniture inspired by Chippendale's designs and aesthetic. #TheMet#ThomasChippendale@MetAmericanWing@MetDrawingsandPrints ____ Image: Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718–1779). Ribband Back Chairs, 1754. Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1972
Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr., born on this day in 1929. The Met’s collection includes this depiction of the civil rights leader by artist Ben Shahn (American, born Lithuania, 1898–1969), which was originally commissioned as a cover for @TIME magazine in 1965. Image credit: TIME.