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The fifty thousand objects in the Museum's comprehensive and historically important collection of European sculpture and decorative arts reflect the development of a number of art forms in Western European countries from the early fifteenth through the early twentieth century. The holdings include sculpture in many sizes and media, woodwork and furniture, ceramics and glass, metalwork and jewelry, horological and mathematical instruments, and tapestries and textiles. Ceramics made in Asia for export to European markets and sculpture and decorative arts produced in Latin America during this period are also included among these works.

Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Chasing Shadows: Shadow Puppets Tell Tapestry Tales

Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Sunday, December 21, at 1:15 and 3:00 p.m., artist Caroline Borderies, in partnership with the Museum's Education Department, will perform an original, family-friendly shadow-puppet show inspired by Pieter Coecke van Aelst's Vertumnus and Pomona tapestries, now on display in Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. I recently spoke with Caroline about her art and the premiere of her newest show.

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Met Museum Presents Blog

Curators Take Center Stage: Talks at the Met

Meryl Cates, Press Officer, Met Museum Presents

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the past three seasons, the Met Museum Presents Ticketed Talks program has tapped into the talent within the Museum—and why not? With the foremost scholars and researchers right under our own (very massive) roof, it became clear that audiences were keen to peek behind the art with those who know it best: the curators. It's the insider understanding we all crave when listening to a talk or panel or purchasing one of the Museum's many Audio Guides, and the reason we attach ourselves to the daily gallery tours—to hear the details, background, and compelling information to be learned from those in the know.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Curatorial Conversations: Stijn Alsteens on Pieter Coecke's Drawings

Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stijn Alsteens, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints and a co-curator of Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, selected the exhibition's array of drawings. I recently spoke with Stijn about Coecke's highly accomplished, technically complex, and rare drawings.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Curatorial Conversations: Nadine Orenstein on Pieter Coecke's Prints

Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nadine Orenstein, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints and a co-curator of Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, selected the printed works on display in the exhibition. Interestingly, Pieter Coecke van Aelst was not a printmaker, though he published several important printed books. I recently spoke with Nadine about Coecke's unusual print projects and how they reflect his unique style.

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Met Museum Presents Blog

The New Season of SPARK: From Grand Tapestries to the Armor of Game of Thrones

Julie Burstein, author, creator of public radio's Studio 360, and SPARK host

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Met's conversation series, SPARK, aims to explore vital cultural issues through the lens of the Museum—its collection, spaces, and incredible curators. Over the course of the series' inaugural season last year, we had some amazing and unexpected conversations, and I'm eager to hear what happens when our new season begins on December 1.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Gluttony Is Good? Preparing Coecke's Gluttony Tapestry for Display

Giulia Chiostrini, Assistant Conservator, Department of Textile Conservation

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Around 1532–4, Pieter Coecke van Aelst designed a seven-piece tapestry series depicting the seven deadly sins, with one panel per sin: Pride, Avarice, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth. The Museum is lucky enough to have in its collection one edition of the Gluttony tapestry, which is now on display in the exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Since 2012, the staff of the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Textile Conservation has been preparing the tapestry for display by carrying out technical examinations and conservation treatments on the piece.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Grand Design: Ideas That Spread

Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Best-selling author, internationally renowned blogger, and marketing guru Seth Godin will join Elizabeth Cleland, the chief curator of Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, for a discussion about the exceedingly entrepreneurial Pieter Coecke van Aelst on December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. This conversation is part of the Museum's ongoing SPARK Series of talks. Julie Burstein, SPARK host, author, and Peabody Award–winning creator of public radio's Studio 360, will guide the evening's discussion. I recently spoke with Burstein about SPARK and why she decided to introduce Seth Godin to Pieter Coecke.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

The Grand Vistas of Grand Design: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Designing the Exhibition

Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Exhibition Designer Dan Kershaw is the mastermind behind the stunning gallery spaces in Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. I recently spoke with Kershaw about his vision for the show and to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the design and construction of the exhibition galleries.

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Now at the Met

Conservation Through a Gamer's Eye

Ashira Loike, Assistant Administrator, Department of Objects Conservation; and Beth Edelstein, Associate Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation

Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014

What happens when gaming students are let loose on the Met's collection? We found our answer to this question this past spring when staff from the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation collaborated with a group of intrepid and creative students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The students were supervised by their professor, Elizabeth Goins, in a course titled "Interactive Design for Museums," part of RIT's Museum Games & Technology Initiative. The students were tasked with communicating the inside information conservators gather from studying the materials and techniques of works of art through a fun and engaging game aimed at general audiences.

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Grand Design Exhibition Blog

Getting to Know Pieter Coecke van Aelst

Elizabeth Cleland, Associate Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

There are many rewarding aspects to curating an exhibition, but one perhaps less universally acknowledged—on the public platform at least—is the advantage of getting to know one's colleagues better by working so closely alongside them. In the case of Grand Design, I benefited immensely from time spent comparing ideas and testing theories with my co-curators, Maryan Ainsworth, who assembled Coecke's paintings included in the exhibition; Nadine Orenstein, who tackled his printed projects; and Stijn Alsteens, who worked on his drawings. Likewise, it was fascinating watching our designer, Dan Kershaw, finesse the incredibly daring and successful floor plan from which our exhibition derives its distinctive character. There are countless other Met colleagues with whom I worked on this exhibition as well. But perhaps the person whom I have come to know best is Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–1550) himself.

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