☁️ Today’s gray weather in New York City is not so different from the misty, atmospheric scene in this painting by American artist John Frederick Kensett. Born on this day in 1816, Kensett spent most of his summers making sketches from nature which he later worked into paintings in his studio. #LakeGeorge in New York’s Adirondack Mountains was a favorite site. This work, on view in Gallery 761, is the artist’s largest and most accomplished treatment of the subject. #TheMet#MetAmericanWing#JohnFrederickKensett ____ Artwork: John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816–1872). Lake George, 1869. Oil on canvas.
🐚 ✨ Over the course of the 16th century, rulers like Albrecht V, Duke of Bavaria, increasingly supplemented treasuries of precious metals with natural wonders. Set in fantastical mounts, lustrous nautilus shells like this one brought the distant Indian Ocean to the North. See this work and other treasures from The Met’s collection of 16th-century Northern European decorative arts in “Relative Values: The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance.” #RelativeValues#TheMet ____ Artwork: Nautilus cup, 1602. Dutch, Utrecht. Nautilus shell, with gilded silver mounts.
Celebrate the first day of #spring with #MargaretaHaverman’s magnificent arrangement of flowers and fruit. 💐 One of only two surviving works by the artist, this painting was recently brought to The Met’s Department of Paintings Conservation for examination and treatment. Removal of a discolored varnish and a degraded wax coating from the 1940s revealed the work’s overall well-preserved condition. These coatings had significantly obscured Haverman's skillfully painted blossoms, and their removal was an important step in recapturing the painting's vibrancy and tonal range. See it now in “In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met.” #MetDutchMasterpieces #TheMet#FirstDayofSpring#WomensHistoryMonth ____ Artwork: Margareta Haverman (Dutch, active 1716–22). A Vase of Flowers, 1716. Oil on wood.
It’s your last chance to see “Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection,” closing on March 24. A distinctive feature of manuscripts from Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Mughal and Deccani India is the frequent use of decorative techniques in the borders and even on the written surface of the book's pages. This exhibition presents works on paper from the late 15th to the 20th century that have been enhanced by #marbling, gold sprinkling, stenciling, and decoupage—sometimes in combination with one another. #TheMet ____ Artwork: Poppies. Turkey, early 20th century. Marbled paper with paper-backed gold leaf.
This exceptionally rare war mask is one of only two known examples from Tibet. It is subtly forged in iron to represent a human or divine visage, boldly damascened in gold with flame-like tendrils for eyebrows, around the mouth, and framing the face. See this mask along with two others that have just been added to The Met’s permanent display in Gallery 378 in celebration of #AsiaWeekNY. #TheMet#warmask#metarmsandarmor@metarmsandarmor ____ Pictured: War Mask. Tibetan, 14th–16th century. Iron, gold, copper alloy. Promised gift of Steven Kossak, 2019.
✏️ It’s #MetSketch Sunday! Today’s drawing by @ninasartspace gives a peek into our @metarmsandarmor gallery, which is filled with rare and finely made 16th- and 17th-century European armor for men and horses, created for kings and noblemen to use on the battlefield and in tournaments. ⚔️ Share your own sketches of #TheMet with us by using the hashtag #MetSketch.
This is not your ordinary crazy quilt! By the mid-1880s, "crazy quilts" were so popular that enterprising manufacturers offered them in ready-to-sew kits, explaining their strangely uniform quality. However, this quilt top is designed with unusual patterns, and the blocks seem to be composed of real scraps. There are some commercially produced elements, such as the cats and some of the embroidered motifs, but the original aspects of this piece make it stand apart from the run-of-the-mill crazy quilts that exist in great numbers today. #NationalQuiltingDay#crazyquilt#quilt#TheMet@metamericanwing ____ Pictured: Quilt Top, Crazy pattern, ca. 1885. Made in New York, United States. Silk, satin, velvet, and cotton.
Artist Leonora Carrington spent her childhood on a country estate surrounded by animals and reading fairy tales and legends. She revisited these memories in her adulthood, creating paintings populated with real and imagined creatures. This self-portrait shows Carrington perched on the edge of a chair in a curious, dreamlike scene, with her hand outstretched toward the prancing hyena and her back to the tailless rocking horse flying behind her. #WomensHistoryMonth#LeonoraCarrington#TheMet ____ Artwork: Leonora Carrington (Mexican (born England), 1917–2011). Self-Portrait, ca. 1937–38. Oil on canvas.
Here’s a breezy print for this mid-March day! Regarded as one of the most influential poster artists in America, #EdwardPenfield created his first lithograph for Harper’s Magazine in 1893. Magazine readers and poster collectors celebrated his designs for their boldness, abstraction, and occasional comic touch. Less concerned with the dramatic curving lines of Art Nouveau than his contemporaries, Penfield synthesized a number of stylistic sources, including Japanese ukiyo-e prints and posters made by contemporary French and British artists. See this print, along with a selection of other Harper’s-related material, in Gallery 690. @metdrawingsandprints#lithograph#march ____ Artwork: Edward Penfield (American, 1866–1925). Harper's: March, 1895. Harper and Brothers, Publishers. Lithograph.