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82nd & Fifth: OVER THE TOP by Beth Carver Wees

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Presented to Edward Dean Adams--who in the 1890s rescued the American cotton oil industry--this vase was meant to look like a cotton plant, complete w...

Islamic Art Mounts Comeback At European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Although Buddhist and Hindu art aficionados can find stunning sculptures and Jewish art lovers can examine medallions with Hebrew inscriptions, Islamic art is much more difficult to find.

Groundbreaking Punk Exhibition Is Coming To The Met

Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts

“We wanted to strip everything down further, away from the showbiz theatricality of the glitter bands, and away from bluesiness and boogie. We wante...

82nd & Fifth: LOOMING CHANGE by Melinda Watt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Twelve feet long and five feet wide, this shawl would have been an important accessory for a fashionable woman in the nineteenth century. Describing i...

82nd & Fifth: NAKED AUTHORITY by Joan R. Mertens

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The weight of this two-thousand-pound solid marble statue rests on the figure's slim ankles. In addition to this great technical achievement, "His pow...

Diane Arbus: A College Student Remembers

Jack Meyer | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
Jack Meyer

. Viewing the work of Diane Arbus is akin to diving into a cold pool; you know what to expect every time, and, yet, you cannot help but feel that shocking sensation each time you engage.

82nd & Fifth: DEDICATED TO MYSELF by Doug Eklund

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this album, a teenage Daniel Rochford collected private musings, photographs, illustrations, and handwritten notes related to the girls he's most i...

82nd & Fifth: THRESHOLD by Keith Christiansen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Keith Christiansen argues that Berlinghiero's depiction of the Madonna in this work is magical--unlike any other--because her expression is "f...

82nd & Fifth: GETTING LOST by Deniz Beyazit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Attached to every administrative document, this tughra, or signature, of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, is very hard to read, admits curator Deniz B...

82nd & Fifth: ENAMORED by Seán Hemingway

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This statue of Eros, the Greek god of love, was likely dedicated at a sanctuary, in honor of the gods. "It's so quiet that you don't think of it as so...

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

In every gallery I was surrounded by paintings that featured a cast of characters and lavish settings that bore no resemblance to the world that Jesus and his followers inhabited. Every wall greeted me with blond, fair-skinned European figures.

82nd & Fifth: MY FIRST TIME by George Goldner

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

El Greco's View of Toledo is the first picture that attracted curator George Goldner to art when he was just ten years old. "To me the works of art th...

82nd & Fifth: ENIGMA by Janice Kamrin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Made of translucent stone, this beautiful canopic jar was meant to accompany a burial--and never to be seen again. "It seems to me that aesthetically ...

82nd & Fifth: THINKING ALOUD by Carmen Bambach

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Did you know that a boy, a model in Michelangelo's studio, posed for this study, which was to depict a female, the figure of the Libyan Sibyl? To cura...

82nd & Fifth: EXTREME FASHION by Andrew Bolton

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Andrew Bolton observes that Alexander McQueen imbued his fashions with deep emotion. "When I first watched it, it was purely visceral, and mad...

82nd & Fifth: OPEN-MINDED by Navina Haidar

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.16.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This folio from a manuscript illustrates a Hindu epic, the story of Krishna. However, the painting was made for a Muslim patron, Akbar, the emperor of...

82nd & Fifth: THE GEEKY SIDE by Melanie Holcomb

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.16.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Melanie Holcomb argues that this medieval textbook--a commentary on the Bible--is a work of art that beats any modern-day equivalent. "It's as...

82nd & Fifth: PENSIVE by Soyoung Lee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"It is a figure that is contemplating and invites me to come and think with it." -Soyoung Lee on a mid-7th century Pensive Bodhisattva Come think wi...

82nd & Fifth: FINE DINING by Chris Lightfoot

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"It's the smaller objects that really speak to you directly as an individual, as a person." -Chris Lightfoot on an Imperial Roman silver spoon and for...

82nd & Fifth: ALTERED STATES by Nadine Orenstein

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"For me a great work of art is something that goes beyond the image it's depicting." -Nadine Orenstein on Rembrandt's Christ Crucified between the Two...

82nd & Fifth: MODERN LIVING by Amelia Peck

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"This was my first step into modernism, which after this I began to appreciate more and more." -Amelia Peck on Frank Lloyd Wright's living room from t...

82nd & Fifth: WINNERS AND LOSERS by Xavier Salomon

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Tiepolo's style, and the same is true for opera, is that more is more." -Xavier Salomon on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's The Triumph of Marius Set in...

82nd & Fifth: PRIME OF LIFE by Alisa LaGamma

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"She's completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze." -Alisa LaGamma on a Fang female reliquary In the early twentieth century, this Fang rel...

82nd & Fifth: STRING THEORY by Jayson Kerr Dobney

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"I listen to him play and I just get this profound respect." -Jayson Kerr Dobney on a guitar created by Hermann Hauser for Andrès Segovia Watch a 19...

82nd & Fifth: FAITH by Luke Syson

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rotate Rossellino's Madonna and Child with Angels 180 degrees to see details such as the "swirling snowstorm of seraphim" in which Curator Luke Syson delights.