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“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” —Edward Hopper, born on this day in 1882. Learn about the artist and view a slideshow of works on the #MetTimeline: metmuseum.org/toah. Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967). Coast Guard Station, Two Lights, Maine (detail), 1927. #TheMet #EdwardHopper #Hopper


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Edgar Degas was born on this day in 1834. In this work, on view in “Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence,” the juxtaposition of the prominent bouquet and the off-center figure, gazing distractedly to the right, exemplifies Degas’s aim of capturing individuals in seemingly casual, slice-of-life views. Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?), 1865. #TheMet #EdgarDegas #Degas #ParksandGardens


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The fashion designer Charles James was recognized as a genius in the art of sculpting fabric into inventive fashions. A contemporary of American designers Gilbert Adrian, Norman Norell, and, on the other side of the Atlantic, Christian Dior, James was born on this day in 1906 in Surrey, England, of English and American parentage. James’ oeuvre is complex, the result of a restless creative force that was constantly pushing the boundaries of convention and his own previous accomplishments. Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Clover Leaf," 1953 #TheMet #CostumeInstitute @metcostumeinstitute


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“The Art of Music through Time” gallery (gallery 684) is organized chronologically to illustrate that people worldwide have simultaneously created extraordinary music and instruments for millennia. This global perspective enables us to identify underlying commonalities in the creation and function of the instruments encountered here. The use of music and instruments to express status, identity, and spirituality, as well as the impact of trade, changing tastes, availability of materials, and emerging technologies are shared elements that span the sweep of time and geography. #TheMet #MetMusic


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Closing this Sunday, “Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)” explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. On view exclusively at The #MetBreuer, this major international loan exhibition of about 120 works explores seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from fourteenth-century Europe to the global present. #MetLikeLife is accompanied by a catalogue (available in @themetstore) and an Audio Guide. #TheMet


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The @metcostumeinstitute's spring 2018 exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the traditions of Catholicism. In the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture hall, objects on display are organized “to separate the earthly hierarchy from the celestial hierarchy.” Learn more about this exhibition in this video narrated by exhibition curator Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute. #TheMet #MetCloisters #MetHeavenlyBodies


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Closing next Sunday, “Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici” highlights the unmatched vitality and inventiveness of artists in eighteenth-century New Spain (Mexico). The first major exhibition devoted to this neglected topic, “Painted in Mexico” surveys the most important artists and stylistic developments of the period and highlights the emergence of new pictorial genres and subjects. Nicolás Enríquez (Mexican, 1704–1790). The Marriage of the Virgin (Los Desposorios de la Virgen), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, adquirido con fondos de Kelvin Davis, Lynda y Stewart Resnick, Kathy y Frank Baxter, Beth y Josh Friedman, y Jane y Terry Semel a través del 2012 Collectors Committee (M.2012.38.1) 1745 #TheMet


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It’s Friday the 13th, sometimes considered to be an unlucky day. In this image, Steen and members of his family modeled for this scene of domestic chaos, which is still called a "Jan Steen Household" in The Netherlands. The company acts out a variety of familiar sins, such as Sloth, Gluttony, Lust (papa and the maid), and other offences—a Bible is trampled, and a beggar is repelled at the door—all heedless of the open watch, suggesting temperance, and the basket hanging like Fate over their heads (the objects in it promise poverty, disease, bad luck, and justice). Jan Steen (Dutch, 1626–1679). The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663–64 #TheMet #JanSteen


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Born on this day in 1884, the Italian Amedeo Modigliani arrived in Paris in 1906 and initially worked alongside the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, who had been in the city since 1904. Between 1909 and 1915, Modigliani made a series of sculptures, such as “Woman’s Head,” with elongated features, oval heads, and thinly incised eyes that show the definitive influence of Brancusi as well as of African sculpture. Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920). Woman's Head, 1912 #TheMet #AmedeoModigliani #Modigliani


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On this day in 1804, Aaron Burr and Alexander #Hamilton engaged in a deadly duel. Subsequently, there was a great demand for portraits of Hamilton and John Trumbull produced several replicas, including this example, of a portrait he had made from life. Nearly a century later, the painting became the first early American work to enter The Met's collection. John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843). Alexander Hamilton, 1804–6. #TheMet #JohnTrumbull #AmericaWing #AlexanderHamilton


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The @metcostumeinstitute's spring 2018 exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with Catholicism. Explore galleries at @TheMetCloisters in this video narrated by exhibition curator Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute. #TheMet #MetCloisters #MetHeavenlyBodies


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Happy birthday to Camille Pissarro, born on this day in 1830. This canvas of summer 1895 shows a corner of Pissarro's garden at Éragny, a small village in northern France where he lived from 1884 until his death. Camille #Pissarro (French, 1830–1903). Poplars, Éragny, 1895. #TheMet #CamillePissarro


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