Everyday

Imaging coordinator Lucy Redoglia on the celebrations of everyday life throughout history.

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  • Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub  |  1885  |  Edgar Degas (French)  |  Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.41)
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  • Body Mask (Det)  |  mid-20th century  |  Asmat people, Ambisu village, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia  |  Wood, fiber, leaves, paint  |  The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mrs. Mary C. Rockefeller, 1965 (1978.412.1282a)
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  • Scribes from Meketre's model granary  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.  |  Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes  |  Plastered and painted wood  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.11)
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  • Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.  |  Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes  |  Plastered and painted wood  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
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  • Model of a Garden  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.  |  Egypt, Upper Egypt  |  Wood, paint Copper  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.13)
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  • Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.  |  Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes  |  Plastered and painted wood  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
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  • Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.  |  Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes  |  Plastered and painted wood  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
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  • Sporting Boat  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.  |  Egypt, Upper Egypt  |  Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
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  • The Flatiron  |  1904  |  Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg)  |  Gum bichromate over platinum print  |  Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.39)
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  • Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue  |  1906  |  John Sloan (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  George A. Hearn Fund, 1921 (21.41.2)
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  • Tables for Ladies  |  1930  |  Edward Hopper (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  George A. Hearn Fund, 1931 (31.62)
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  • Tête-à-tête  |  ca. 1850–60  |  Attibuted to John H. Belter (1804–1863)  |  Rosewood, ash, pine, walnut  |  Gift of Mrs. Charles Reginald Leonard, in memory of Edgar Welch Leonard, Robert Jarvis Leonard, and Charles Reginald Leonard, 1957 (57.130.7)
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  • Wisteria Dining Room  |  1910–14  |  Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French); made by Édouard-Louis Collet (Swiss)  |  Walnut and amaranth veneer, marble; brass, copper, mirror glass  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.244.1–.2a–e,.9ab,.10ab)
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  • Tyg  |  1908  |  Designed and decorated by Leona Nicholson (American); Newcomb Pottery (American)  |  New Orleans, Louisiana  |  Painted and glazed earthenware  |  Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. David Lubart Gift, in memory of Katherine J. Lubart, 1944–1975, 1983 (1983.26)
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  • Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun  |  ca. 1770, with one modern panel  |  French (Paris)  |  Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc.  |  Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
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  • Shoin Room  |  17th century  |  Japan  |  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota  |  1912–14  |  Frank Lloyd Wright (American)  |  Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972  |  (1972.60.1)
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  • Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota  |  1912–14  |  Frank Lloyd Wright (American)  |  Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972  |  (1972.60.1)
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  • "Wassily" chair  |  1925  |  Marcel Breuer (American, born Hungary)  |  Chrome-plated steel, canvas upholstery  |  Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1988 (1988.256)
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  • Lucy Redoglia
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  • My name is Lucy Redoglia, and I'm the imaging coordinator for the website. My topic is "Everyday."

  • Even before I worked here, I lived on the Upper West Side and so I was able to walk across the park to visit the Museum on a regular basis.

  • I wrote a blog called "The Met Everyday," and it was based on the premise that I could come to the Museum every day and learn something new.

  • One of my favorite spaces in the Museum holds the artifacts that were found in the ancient tomb of Meketre in Egypt. In a secret chamber they found different models of everyday life

  • from Egyptian culture, created for Meketre for his funeral, so that he could have everything from everyday life in his afterlife. So there's a granary, there's a bakery

  • there's a garden, there's a stable with cattle, and a slaughterhouse.

  • I just find it fascinating that these objects from 2000 B.C. survived and they're such accurate descriptions

  • of what everyday life might have been like in Egypt. If my tomb was like Meketre's, I guess I would have the

  • cross-town bus and the subway system, and the corner market with the fruits and vegetables, and the flower stand.

  • I sometimes am reminded of the trials of everyday life as a New Yorker by certain works like The Flatiron by Edward Steichen. It's a dark, twilight, dusky picture with lights reflecting in the wet, cement ground. I look at it and think, "God, when is winter going to end?" And the same

  • goes for the Dust Storm. It's another depiction of the Flatiron, but this time it's covered by a cloud of dust and children scrambling about with their hats blowing off. The Dust Storm really reminds me of those hot summer days where you just feel like New York can kick you when you're down sometimes.

  • There's supposed to be something lonely and sad about this painting, but I work at a restaurant, so to me it's more of those dreary times preparing and setting up the restaurant, just waiting for the rush. When that restaurant fills up and the street lights go on outside, it's a more bustling, different scene, and I look at it as anticipation for the evening to come.

  • Sometimes I can imagine what it would be like to actually live inside the Museum. I could sit in any chair I wanted and

  • dine in the Wisteria Dining Room with my

  • Art Nouveau decorated mug for tea. I would sleep in the

  • Boiserie. It's an eighteenth century French bedroom with a beautiful, blue draped bed that has a dome overhead.

  • I would meditate in the Shoin Room. It's such a calming space. It's so barren and the Japanese mats on the floor would be so comfortable to do some yoga or sit in lotus pose and just think quietly to myself.

  • The Frank Lloyd Wright room would be my choice for a place to read a book. The room is enormous in terms of New York standards. It's definitely bigger than my apartment, but the low ceilings, the oak paneling, there's a nice low fireplace in there to snuggle by.

  • It's a living room, it's a place for living, it's a place to relax and to unwind.

  • Coming to the Museum, there are ideas that I could take home and use in my

  • contemporary, New Yorker life every day.

  • 29.100.41
    Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub, 1885, Edgar Degas (French), Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.41)
  • 1978.412.1282a
    Body Mask (Det), mid-20th century, Asmat people, Ambisu village, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia, Wood, fiber, leaves, paint The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mrs. Mary C. Rockefeller, 1965 (1978.412.1282a)
  • 20.3.11
    Scribes from Meketre's model granary, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c., Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes, Plastered and painted wood Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.11)
  • 20.3.12
    Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c., Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes, Plastered and painted wood Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
  • 20.3.13
    Model of a Garden, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Wood, paint Copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.13)
  • 20.3.6
    Sporting Boat, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
  • 33.43.39
    The Flatiron, 1904, Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg), Gum bichromate over platinum print Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.39)
  • 21.41.2
    Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue, 1906, John Sloan (American), Oil on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1921 (21.41.2)
  • 31.62
    Tables for Ladies, 1930, Edward Hopper (American), Oil on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1931 (31.62)
  • 57.130.7
    Tête-à-tête, ca. 1850–60, Attibuted to John H. Belter (1804–1863), Rosewood, ash, pine, walnut Gift of Mrs. Charles Reginald Leonard, in memory of Edgar Welch Leonard, Robert Jarvis Leonard, and Charles Reginald Leonard, 1957 (57.130.7)
  • 66.244.1-.2,.9,.10
    Wisteria Dining Room, 1910–14, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French); made by Édouard-Louis Collet (Swiss), Walnut and amaranth veneer, marble; brass, copper, mirror glass Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.244.1–.2a–e,.9ab,.10ab)
  • 1983.26
    Tyg, 1908, Designed and decorated by Leona Nicholson (American); Newcomb Pottery (American), New Orleans, Louisiana, Painted and glazed earthenware Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. David Lubart Gift, in memory of Katherine J. Lubart, 1944–1975, 1983 (1983.26)
  • 1976.91.1
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun, ca. 1770, with one modern panel, French (Paris), Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
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    Shoin Room, 17th century, Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1972.60.1
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1912–14, Frank Lloyd Wright (American) Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972, (1972.60.1)
  • 1988.256
    "Wassily" chair, 1925, Marcel Breuer (American, born Hungary), Chrome-plated steel, canvas upholstery Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1988 (1988.256)
  • Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub, 1885, Edgar Degas (French), Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.41)
    Body Mask (Det), mid-20th century, Asmat people, Ambisu village, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia, Wood, fiber, leaves, paint The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mrs. Mary C. Rockefeller, 1965 (1978.412.1282a)
    Scribes from Meketre's model granary, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c., Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes, Plastered and painted wood Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.11)
    Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c., Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes, Plastered and painted wood Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
    Model of a Garden, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Wood, paint Copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.13)
    Sporting Boat, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
    The Flatiron, 1904, Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg), Gum bichromate over platinum print Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.39)
    Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue, 1906, John Sloan (American), Oil on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1921 (21.41.2)
    Tables for Ladies, 1930, Edward Hopper (American), Oil on canvas George A. Hearn Fund, 1931 (31.62)
    Tête-à-tête, ca. 1850–60, Attibuted to John H. Belter (1804–1863), Rosewood, ash, pine, walnut Gift of Mrs. Charles Reginald Leonard, in memory of Edgar Welch Leonard, Robert Jarvis Leonard, and Charles Reginald Leonard, 1957 (57.130.7)
    Wisteria Dining Room, 1910–14, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French); made by Édouard-Louis Collet (Swiss), Walnut and amaranth veneer, marble; brass, copper, mirror glass Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.244.1–.2a–e,.9ab,.10ab)
    Tyg, 1908, Designed and decorated by Leona Nicholson (American); Newcomb Pottery (American), New Orleans, Louisiana, Painted and glazed earthenware Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. David Lubart Gift, in memory of Katherine J. Lubart, 1944–1975, 1983 (1983.26)
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun, ca. 1770, with one modern panel, French (Paris), Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
    Shoin Room, 17th century, Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1912–14, Frank Lloyd Wright (American) Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972, (1972.60.1)
    "Wassily" chair, 1925, Marcel Breuer (American, born Hungary), Chrome-plated steel, canvas upholstery Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1988 (1988.256)
    8000–2000 B.C.
    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
    1600–1800 A.D.
    1800–1900 A.D.
    1900–Present

    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub
    1885
    Edgar Degas (French)
    Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.41)
    Not on view
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Body Mask (Det)
    mid-20th century
    Asmat people, Ambisu village, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia
    Wood, fiber, leaves, paint
    The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mrs. Mary C. Rockefeller, 1965 (1978.412.1282a)
    On view: Gallery 354
    Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the AmericasFirst Floor
    Scribes from Meketre's model granary
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.
    Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes
    Plastered and painted wood
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.11)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Bakers and Brewers from Meketre's model bakery
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1975 b.c.
    Egyptian; From the tomb of Meketre, western Thebes
    Plastered and painted wood
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.12)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Model of a Garden
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt
    Wood, paint Copper
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.13)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Sporting Boat
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt
    Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    The Flatiron
    1904
    Edward Steichen (American, born Luxembourg)
    Gum bichromate over platinum print
    Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.39)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Dust Storm, Fifth Avenue
    1906
    John Sloan (American)
    Oil on canvas
    George A. Hearn Fund, 1921 (21.41.2)
    On view: Gallery 772
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Tables for Ladies
    1930
    Edward Hopper (American)
    Oil on canvas
    George A. Hearn Fund, 1931 (31.62)
    On view: Gallery 908
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Tête-à-tête
    ca. 1850–60
    Attibuted to John H. Belter (1804–1863)
    Rosewood, ash, pine, walnut
    Gift of Mrs. Charles Reginald Leonard, in memory of Edgar Welch Leonard, Robert Jarvis Leonard, and Charles Reginald Leonard, 1957 (57.130.7)
    On view: Gallery 739
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Wisteria Dining Room
    1910–14
    Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French); made by Édouard-Louis Collet (Swiss)
    Walnut and amaranth veneer, marble; brass, copper, mirror glass
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.244.1–.2a–e,.9ab,.10ab)
    On view: Gallery 813
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Tyg
    1908
    Designed and decorated by Leona Nicholson (American); Newcomb Pottery (American)
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Painted and glazed earthenware
    Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. David Lubart Gift, in memory of Katherine J. Lubart, 1944–1975, 1983 (1983.26)
    On view: Gallery 774
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Boiserie From the Hôtel Lauzun
    ca. 1770, with one modern panel
    French (Paris)
    Painted oak and plaster (the painting modern); gilt-bronze, mirror-glass, painted canvas overdoors, oak flooring, etc.
    Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)
    On view: Gallery 523
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Shoin Room
    17th century
    Japan
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota
    1912–14
    Frank Lloyd Wright (American)
    Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972 (1972.60.1)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    "Wassily" chair
    1925
    Marcel Breuer (American, born Hungary)
    Chrome-plated steel, canvas upholstery
    Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1988 (1988.256)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor

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