In response to current events, curators and researchers at The Met will give informal ten-minute talks on Friday mornings at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. through the end of March, in the galleries of Ancient Near Eastern Art and of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, about works of art of their choice.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., Courtney Stewart will give a talk titled: "Pax...
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Celebrate World Tennis Day with George Bellows’s painting of the Newport Casino's annual tennis tournament.

Bellows’s painting emphasizes the setting more than the match; although the players appear in action in the foreground, the spectators strolling about the grounds and lingering on the lawn divert attention away from the contest. Bellows’s blended brushwork and lurid palette evoke both...
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In the third of her three-part talk, "The “Cantigas de Santa Maria”, "The Alhambra," "The Alcazar of Seville and the Synagogue of Samuel Ha Levi," art historian Jerrilynn Dodds explores 700 years of rich and dynamic interaction of Spain's Christians, Jews, and Muslims through the history of art and architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Series: [ Metmuseum.org Link ] #MetSpeaks #MetLiveArts
“All too often, art is seen as a “soft” subject, the first thing to be cut, whether by local school boards or the federal government, when money is tight. But looked at purely in dollars, it is a false saving.”

Please read an Op-Ed in The New York Times by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met, on the proposed elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Why Art Matters to America

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"All this is parsed in great detail by "Seurat's Circus Sideshow," an enthralling exhibition..."

Read The New York Times's review of "Seurat's Circus Sideshow," on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through May 29, 2017.

Cirque du Seurat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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What do you think of when you hear the phrase "struggle for liberty"?

A group of students from JHS 151 in the Bronx looked at paintings at The Met that tell stories about Americans who struggled for liberty, or the ability to be free in your life, behavior, and political choices. #MetKids

Art, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Creativity

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Statement from Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in response to the proposed elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts:
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Statement from Director Thomas P. Campbell on Proposed Elimination of Funding for National Endowment for the Arts | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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From February 24 through February 27 at The Met Cloisters, immerse yourself inside a 16th-century prayer bead and explore the intricate carvings made visible through the power of micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and virtual reality. Five-minute sessions are available each day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Learn more: [ Met.org Link ] #MetCloisters

Rosary | 1500–1539 | Netherlandish | Musée...
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Tomorrow at 11 am, curators at The Met will give 10-minute talks on art created between the fourth millennium B.C. and the 13th century in the lands that are now Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Yemen—four of the seven countries affected by the recent U.S. travel ban. Taking place in the galleries of Ancient Near Eastern Art and of the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central, and Later South Asia,...
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"Segers’s imaginative genius resounds throughout this show..."

Read The Wall Street Journal's review of “The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers,” which is now on view in galleries 691–693.

‘The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers’ Review: Etchings With a Painterly Touch

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In collaboration with Carnegie Hall's citywide Venice festival, La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, The Met is proud to present "Venice in the Age of Jacopo Tintoretto,” the second in a pair of talks that take a critical look at the most photogenic city in the world. Curator Andrea Bayer looks at the artist Jacopo Tintoretto's bold and dramatic work, and the...
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In the second of her three-part talk, "Toledo, Rome, and Marrakesh," art historian Jerrilynn Dodds explores 700 years of rich and dynamic interaction of Spain's Christians, Jews, and Muslims through the history of art and architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Series: [[ Metmuseum.org Link ] #MetSpeaks #MetLiveArts
Loic Tallon, the Museum’s Chief Digital Officer, discusses the Museum’s move to Open Access, an important and exciting milestone in The Met’s digital evolution.

Introducing Open Access at The Met

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Volunteer Cataloger Nancy Rosin explores a set of rare Victorian valentines from The Met collection.

Valentine's Day and the Romance of Cobwebs

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with this print by Paul-Albert Besnard, "Love". Here, viewed in profile, a woman embraces a man who leans against a door at right. Behind them is a balcony which looks out onto a body of water; a small boat sailis across the water toward the horizon.

Featured Artwork of the Day: Paul-Albert Besnard (French, 1849–1934) | Love | 1885–87

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Celebrate Black History Month with this painting by Jacob Lawrence, one of 30 he produced between 1954 and 1956 about the American Revolution and the Constitution, the westward migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. "Washington Crossing the Delaware," the 10th panel in the series, depicts war-weary soldiers of Washington's army, along with their leader at lower-left, his...
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Featured Artwork of the Day

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Fall in love with art and celebrate 100 years of jazz standards. Tonight’s “Love and Jazz” features New Orleans jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton, three-time Grammy-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the pianist and jazz family scion Gerald Clayton.
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Today at 4pm, curators from the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art and the Department of Islamic Art will give ten-minute talks on art created between the fourth millennium B.C. and the 19th century in the lands that are now Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Yemen—four of the seven countries affected by the recent U.S. travel ban. Taking place in the galleries of the Ancient Near Eastern Art and...
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This week, The Met is hosting the 1st German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals. Today, The New York PREP week will conclude with this public program titled “German/American Exchange on Nazi-Era Provenance Research: A Discussion with Museum Leaders," livestreamed to this site February 10th from 2 to 4pm. Speakers include: Thomas Campbell and Sharon...
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All three locations of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan, are open to the public today despite the winter storm.

The Met Fifth Avenue will close a half hour early today, at 5 p.m. The other two locations will close as regularly scheduled—The Met Breuer at 5:30 and The Met Cloisters at 4:45.

Instagram photo by Tom Campbell • Feb 9, 2017 at 4:02pm UTC

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