Stories in Features

The Packard Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sinéad Vilbar, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010

By all accounts, Harry C. G. Packard (1914–1991) was no ordinary collector. He is known to have crisscrossed the United States multiple times in order to sell works of Japanese art, only to return to Japan to purchase more. He had a most unusual vision; whereas the majority of collectors, scholars, and dealers tend to focus on a particular area or medium, Packard’s ambitions were more encyclopedic, not unlike that of the Met.

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Medieval Blogging

Wendy Stein, Research Associate, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We are just a little over a month into the run of The Art of Illumination—the exhibition with the impossibly long subtitle: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Come see it if you haven't already—or if you have, but couldn't get a turn with one of the magnifying glasses we have provided, come back to see the astounding detail in these magical little pictures.

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Artemisia Gentileschi's Esther Before Ahasuerus

Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings

Posted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Each time I stand before this painting I am impressed by the clever way the artist—the most famous female painter of the seventeenth century—has infused a well-known biblical story with her understanding of a gendered society in which women employed beauty and cleverness to gain the upper hand.

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Playing with Pictures

Malcolm Daniel, Senior Curator, Department of Photographs

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

Most often, our special exhibitions highlight important aspects of the Met's collection or explore areas of curatorial expertise, but occasionally they give us the chance, instead, to present a type of work that's entirely absent from the collection. Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage is one such instance.

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March Curator Interview

Jennette Mullaney, Former Associate Email Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In honor of Women's History Month, I recently spoke with Rebecca Rabinow, associate curator in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, about The Horse Fair, a monumental painting by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822–1899). Bonheur was among the most successful female artists of the nineteenth century.

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Musical Instruments and More

Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Last Tuesday, we unlocked the doors of the Musical Instruments galleries, which had been closed for an eight-month hiatus while roof work was performed on the American Wing side of our galleries. During that time we refreshed the appearance of the European instrument gallery. A new paint job, better internal case lighting, reframed case doors, and a redefined arrangement of the display now offers our visitors an enhanced experience of the instruments.

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Contemplations on the Moon Jar

Soyoung Lee, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art

Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

When I first saw 25 Wishes (above, left) in the Chelsea studio of the artist Ik-joong Kang nearly a year ago, my first thought was how wonderful it would look in the Met's Korean gallery.

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From Quarry to Sculpture: Understanding Provenance, Typologies, and Uses of Khmer Stones

Federico Carò, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scientific Research, Khmer Stones

The substantial collection of Khmer art at the Met comprises pre-Angkor and Angkor freestanding sculptures and architectural elements from Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Like the works gathered in Phnom Penh at the National Museum of Cambodia and in Paris at the Musée Guimet, these works illustrate the birth and evolution of the different Khmer styles and record changes in the sculptural artistic medium through time and across geographical areas (see map and timeline).

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Museum Education and the Web

William B. Crow, Managing Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When I'm not teaching adults or students in the galleries of the Museum, I develop, plan, and oversee workshops for K–12 teachers designed to introduce educators (and, thus, their students) to great works of art through object-based learning, interdisciplinary integration, and inquiry.

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Family Programs at the Met: "How Did They Do That?"

Mike Norris, Museum Educator

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Every year, the Met welcomes close to twenty thousand family members who participate in more than five hundred special activities. But we didn't always have such a large family audience.

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