💐 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
There’s one month left to see “Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris,” featuring a wide array of samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Pictured here is a a rare complete armor (“gusoku”) by Bamen Tomotsugu, the leading armorer of the Bamen school in the 18th century. #JapaneseArmor#MetArmsandArmor@metarmsandarmor
Happy first night of #Hanukkah! Celebrate with this exquisite 19th-century silver #Menorah, currently on view through the end of December. Made for the Great Synagogue in Lviv, Ukraine, the ceremonial lamp is cast, chased, and engraved with elaborate motifs. It is one of the largest silver Hanukkah lamps known, standing at nearly three feet tall. ____ Image: Hanukkah Lamp, 1866-72. Polish, Lviv. On loan from The Moldovan Family Collection