Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to the darkness in the exhibition Jewels by JAR (on view through March 9, 2014). The walls are black, the ceilings are high, and glass cases lined with red velvet are set into walls and columns. Warm lights behind the glass spotlight the artwork within.
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Seeing the work of Henri Matisse—the French artist who experimented with different methods such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture—makes me want to know more about art in general.
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012
Did you know there were dress codes in fifteenth-century Italy?
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012
Did you know that during the Renaissance as soon as a man saw his prospective wife she became almost like his property?