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Stories in The American Wing

Washington's Search for Victory

DeAndre, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012

DeAndre looking at Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware

I remember hearing about Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware in school when I was younger. Years later, when I joined the Met's Teen Advisory Group at age eighteen, I was able to see it for the first time. If you learn about the American Revolution, you have to come to the Met to see the lifesize George Washington cross the icy waters of the Delaware.

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A Majestic Undertaking

Garrett, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Walk into the American Wing and step back in time to stand before the six-foot-three George Washington in Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. Leutze's painting captures the spirit of this daring undertaking by George Washington, and illustrates America's capacity to overcome adversity at great odds.

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A Glorified Crossing

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012

Washington Crossing the Delaware

After the Teen Advisory Group's recent meeting in the American Wing galleries, I chose to write my blog post about Washington Crossing the Delaware, painted by Emanuel Leutze. Sitting in front of this painting, I was most struck by its size; it hangs over twelve feet high and twenty feet wide. This monumental painting seems alive, like a snapshot from the actual crossing of the Delaware River in 1776.

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Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

Members of the Teen Advisory Group discuss Madame X in the galleries

My art teacher has a poster of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) in our classroom, so as soon as I saw the actual painting in the Met's galleries, I immediately recognized it.

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A Recap of the Murder at the Met Teen Event

Nicole, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012

Teens investigate a work of art to help them eliminate suspects.

On Friday, April 20, teens came to the Museum in droves to participate in a special murder mystery event. I was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!

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"Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"

Claudia, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Teens sketching "Madame X"

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.

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Jimmy, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012

Madame X is painted in profile, much like many of the Italian Renaissance portraits that we've studied. Yet unlike the Renaissance portraits, this work presents a full-length view of its subject, Madame Pierre Gautreau.

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Detectives Needed!

Nicole, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012

Title screen from the Murder at the Met mobile game

You are cordially invited to a teen murder mystery event in the Museum's new American Wing on Friday, April 20, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.! We will investigate a ghastly murder (fictional, of course) through clues interspersed throughout the galleries and period rooms. Working in small groups and with a mobile game specifically designed for the event, you and your friends can solve the case and bring the murderer to justice!

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First Impressions

Evelin, TAG Member; Genevieve, TAG Member; Jamilah, TAG Member; and Alisha, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012

Visual representation of TAG members responses to seeing Sargent’s portrait of Madame X | Madame X (detail)

To begin our study of John Singer Sargent's Madame X, we spent time looking at her portrait in the gallery and discussing what we found most striking about the painting.

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Our Move to the American Wing

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012

Washington Crossing the Delaware

We've moved forward in time, traveling from Europe to the United States, and have left the Italian Renaissance exhibition for the recently renovated American Wing. Though we are leaving the golden age of the Renaissance, we are entering the period from the eighteenth to early twentieth century in America, an exciting time in history with its own enchantments.

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About this Blog

This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.