Unstrung

Publisher and editor-in-chief Mark Polizotti on avenues of personal expression in art.

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  • Mark Polizzotti
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  • [Sizing a Suit]  |  ca. 1955  |  Unknown Artist (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.40.2)
    12081024
  • Here  |  1987  |  Gilbert and George (British)  |  Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts  |  Anonymous Gift, 1991 (1991.210)
    12001024
  • Der Fotograf [The Photographer]  |  1931  |  Willi Ruge (German)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.300)
    7071024
  • Bust of Marsyas  |  ca. 1680–85  |  Balthasar Permoser (German)  |  Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
    7131024
  • Bust of Marsyas  |  ca. 1680–85  |  Balthasar Permoser (German)  |  Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
    7051024
  • Bust of Marsyas  |  ca. 1680–85  |  Balthasar Permoser (German)  |  Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
    7481024
  • The Unicorn in Captivity  |  ca. 1495–1505  |  South Netherlandish  |  Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts  |  Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
    7181024
  • The Unicorn in Captivity  |  ca. 1495–1505  |  South Netherlandish  |  Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts  |  Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
    12651024
  • La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930)  |  1889  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435)  |  
    8121024
  • La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930)  |  1889  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435)  |  
    1280868
  • Leap into the Void  |  1960  |  Yves Klein (French); Harry Shunk (German); Janos Kender (Hungarian)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5112)  |  Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
    8141024
  • Corset  |  spring/summer 1999  |  Dolce & Gabbana (Italian)  |  Gift of Dolce & Gabbana, 1999 (1999.507.19)
    8771024
  • Oval Form with Strings and Color  |  1966  |  Barbara Hepworth (British)  |  Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings  |  Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95)  |  © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    8221024
  • Unbroken Seal on the Third Shrine  |  January 1924  |  Harry Burton (English)  |  The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art  |  Gelatin silver print   |  (TAA 622)
    1280863
  • Two Lovers  |  1630; Safavid  |  Riza cAbbasi  |  Isfahan, Iran  |  Tempera and gilt paint on paper  |  Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)
    6751024
  • Two Lovers  |  1630; Safavid  |  Riza cAbbasi  |  Isfahan, Iran  |  Tempera and gilt paint on paper  |  Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)
    1280951
  • Seated Nude in Studio  |  1856–59  |  Franck-François-Genès Chauvassaignes (French)  |  Salted paper print from glass negative  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998 (1998.338)
    8421024
  • Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru  |  ca. 1095  |  Huang Tingjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4)
    1280536
  • Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru  |  ca. 1095  |  Huang Tingjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4)
    1280961
  • Mezzetin  |  ca. 1718–20  |  Jean Antoine Watteau (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138)
    8011024
  • Guitar and Still Life on a Mantelpiece  |  1921  |  Georges Braque (French)  |  Oil with sand on canvas  |  Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.11)   |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    5681024
  • The Guitar  |  ca. 1919  |  Henri Laurens (French)  |  Painted terracotta  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg, 1984 (1984.209)   |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    8191024
  • Guitar and Clarinet on a Mantelpiece  |  1915  |  Pablo Picasso (Spanish)  |  Oil, sand, and paper on canvas  |  Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.3)   |  © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    7641024
  • Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night  |  1886  |  Dora Wheeler (American), for Associated Artists (New York City)  |  Silk embroidered with silk thread  |  Purchase, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift and funds from various donors, 2002 (2002.230)
    1280897
  • A Fabulous Beast (Fragment of a Tapestry)  |  ca. 1420–30  |  German (Upper Rhineland; Basel)  |  Linen warp with wool weft  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.211)
    11791024
  • Woman  |  1950  |  Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands)  |  Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard  |  From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6)   |  © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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  • Mark Polizzotti
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  • My name is Mark Polizzotti. I'm the publisher and editor in chief of the editorial department at the Metropolitan Museum, and my topic is "Unstrung."

  • In the world, there are guidelines. We're aware of them. We follow them. We use them. As somebody who does live in a fairly structured world, I think that

  • even within certain guidelines, there are little moments of personal freedom. There are little moments of personal expression. These works suggest that there's something going on

  • beneath the surface, and that life has other possibilities that you might not necessarily notice. Marsyas

  • is a perfect emblem of the kind of art that could be considered unstrung.

  • The emotion that gets wrenched out of this is so extreme

  • and seems so in contrast to the very serene portraits that one generally had, in the seventeenth, eighteenth century.

  • This is a beast that symbolizes the imagination, and this beast

  • is being tethered. It's the impulse to tame that sense of freedom.

  • It's not unlike, van Gogh's picture of Madame Roulin rocking the cradle. The tether

  • functions as a kind of umbilical cord in a way. She's controlling the cradle but the cradle is also controlling her.

  • What I find interesting about Yves Klein's Leap into the Void is the playfulness. That on the one hand you have this man leaping into—it could be freedom, it could be death—and at the same time, you know that this photograph is fake.

  • This corset in particular symbolizes constraint and liberation at the same time. With the number of laces and ties, one cannot help but think of what would happen if these were slightly loosened.

  • I think Barbara Hepworth's Oval Form plays with the entire idea of being strung. In a way it's the essence of a guitar itself, but the strings are holding together an absence.

  • This is a photograph of the Third Shrine in the sarcophagus of King Tut, when it was discovered, wrapped to withstand thousands of years. The strings around it present a challenge. If you open those doors, whatever it's preserving inside will never be the same again.

  • The Two Lovers could be perfectly respectable, they could be chaperoned, and yet there's this one little opening

  • where the lover has managed to slip his hand in. A little bit of room for something a bit naughty to go on.

  • I love the Seated Nude in the Studio, the photographer has captured the model in a candid moment. She looks bored. There's anything but a sense of attraction going on here.

  • Calligraphy is a very, very stylized form, but what's interesting about this one, is that at the very end of it, the calligrapher has made this kind

  • of stroke of personal expression that brings it alive for me.

  • The Watteau, frankly, that's a painting that has always irritated me. This to me is an example of a strung work of art. He is maintaining the conventions of the aesthetic of his time, the conventions of playing, the conventions of the commedia dell'arte and the conventions of what it was considered to be a performer.

  • Guitars are the ultimate string instrument. I'm a guitarist myself, I enjoy playing, but what I really love are those moments

  • when I'll just start playing completely off the grid, and cubist representations of a guitar

  • that to me is the free jazz depiction of what it's like when you're really being able to improvise in a very free way.

  • I think unstrung creeps up on you. If I respond to them in a particular way, it's because they

  • suggest to me something that is different from what they might appear at first glance. Because they make me look at something in a different way. Because

  • they suggest that there's a slightly different way of approaching the world. Because they offer, again, an avenue for a personal expression

  • even if that avenue is sometimes very narrow.

  • 1996.40.2
    [Sizing a Suit], ca. 1955, Unknown Artist (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.40.2)
  • 1991.210
    Here, 1987, Gilbert and George (British), Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts Anonymous Gift, 1991 (1991.210)
  • 2005.100.300
    Der Fotograf [The Photographer], 1931, Willi Ruge (German), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.300)
  • 2002.468
    Bust of Marsyas, ca. 1680–85, Balthasar Permoser (German), Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
  • 37.80.6
    The Unicorn in Captivity, ca. 1495–1505, South Netherlandish, Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
  • 1996.435
    La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930), 1889, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435),
  • 1992.5112
    Leap into the Void, 1960, Yves Klein (French); Harry Shunk (German); Janos Kender (Hungarian), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5112) Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
  • 1999.507.19
    Corset, spring/summer 1999, Dolce & Gabbana (Italian) Gift of Dolce & Gabbana, 1999 (1999.507.19)
  • 2007.95
    Oval Form with Strings and Color, 1966, Barbara Hepworth (British), Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95) © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
  • TAA622
    Unbroken Seal on the Third Shrine, January 1924, Harry Burton (English), The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gelatin silver print (TAA 622)
  • 50.164
    Two Lovers, 1630; Safavid, Riza cAbbasi, Isfahan, Iran, Tempera and gilt paint on paper Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)
  • 1998.338
    Seated Nude in Studio, 1856–59, Franck-François-Genès Chauvassaignes (French), Salted paper print from glass negative Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998 (1998.338)
  • 1989.363.4
    Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru, ca. 1095, Huang Tingjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4)
  • 34.138
    Mezzetin, ca. 1718–20, Jean Antoine Watteau (French), Oil on canvas Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138)
  • 1996.403.11
    Guitar and Still Life on a Mantelpiece, 1921, Georges Braque (French), Oil with sand on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.11) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 1984.209
    The Guitar, ca. 1919, Henri Laurens (French), Painted terracotta Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg, 1984 (1984.209) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 1996.403.3
    Guitar and Clarinet on a Mantelpiece, 1915, Pablo Picasso (Spanish), Oil, sand, and paper on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.3) © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 2002.230
    Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night, 1886, Dora Wheeler (American), for Associated Artists (New York City), Silk embroidered with silk thread Purchase, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift and funds from various donors, 2002 (2002.230)
  • 1990.211
    A Fabulous Beast (Fragment of a Tapestry), ca. 1420–30, German (Upper Rhineland; Basel), Linen warp with wool weft The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.211)
  • 1984.613.6
    Woman, 1950, Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands), Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6) © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • [Sizing a Suit], ca. 1955, Unknown Artist (American), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.40.2)
    Here, 1987, Gilbert and George (British), Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts Anonymous Gift, 1991 (1991.210)
    Der Fotograf [The Photographer], 1931, Willi Ruge (German), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.300)
    Bust of Marsyas, ca. 1680–85, Balthasar Permoser (German), Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
    The Unicorn in Captivity, ca. 1495–1505, South Netherlandish, Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
    La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930), 1889, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435),
    Leap into the Void, 1960, Yves Klein (French); Harry Shunk (German); Janos Kender (Hungarian), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5112) Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
    Corset, spring/summer 1999, Dolce & Gabbana (Italian) Gift of Dolce & Gabbana, 1999 (1999.507.19)
    Oval Form with Strings and Color, 1966, Barbara Hepworth (British), Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95) © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Unbroken Seal on the Third Shrine, January 1924, Harry Burton (English), The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gelatin silver print (TAA 622)
    Two Lovers, 1630; Safavid, Riza cAbbasi, Isfahan, Iran, Tempera and gilt paint on paper Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)
    Seated Nude in Studio, 1856–59, Franck-François-Genès Chauvassaignes (French), Salted paper print from glass negative Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998 (1998.338)
    Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru, ca. 1095, Huang Tingjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4)
    Mezzetin, ca. 1718–20, Jean Antoine Watteau (French), Oil on canvas Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138)
    Guitar and Still Life on a Mantelpiece, 1921, Georges Braque (French), Oil with sand on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.11) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    The Guitar, ca. 1919, Henri Laurens (French), Painted terracotta Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg, 1984 (1984.209) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Guitar and Clarinet on a Mantelpiece, 1915, Pablo Picasso (Spanish), Oil, sand, and paper on canvas Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.3) © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night, 1886, Dora Wheeler (American), for Associated Artists (New York City), Silk embroidered with silk thread Purchase, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift and funds from various donors, 2002 (2002.230)
    A Fabulous Beast (Fragment of a Tapestry), ca. 1420–30, German (Upper Rhineland; Basel), Linen warp with wool weft The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.211)
    Woman, 1950, Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands), Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6) © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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    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.

    [Sizing a Suit]
    ca. 1955
    Unknown Artist (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.40.2)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Here
    1987
    Gilbert and George (British)
    Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts
    Anonymous Gift, 1991 (1991.210)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Der Fotograf [The Photographer]
    1931
    Willi Ruge (German)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.300)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Bust of Marsyas
    ca. 1680–85
    Balthasar Permoser (German)
    Marble, ebony socle inlaid with marble
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 2002 (2002.468)
    On view: Gallery 548
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    The Unicorn in Captivity
    ca. 1495–1505
    South Netherlandish
    Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts
    Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 001

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930)
    1889
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435)
    On view: Gallery 823
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Leap into the Void
    1960
    Yves Klein (French); Harry Shunk (German); Janos Kender (Hungarian)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992 (1992.5112)
    Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Corset
    spring/summer 1999
    Dolce & Gabbana (Italian)
    Gift of Dolce & Gabbana, 1999 (1999.507.19)
    Not on view
    The Costume InstituteFirst Floor
    Oval Form with Strings and Color
    1966
    Barbara Hepworth (British)
    Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings
    Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95)
    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    On view: Gallery 920
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Unbroken Seal on the Third Shrine
    January 1924
    Harry Burton (English)
    The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Gelatin silver print
    (TAA 622)
    Not on view
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Two Lovers
    1630; Safavid
    Riza cAbbasi
    Isfahan, Iran
    Tempera and gilt paint on paper
    Purchase, Francis M. Weld Gift, 1950 (50.164)
    On view: Gallery 462
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Seated Nude in Studio
    1856–59
    Franck-François-Genès Chauvassaignes (French)
    Salted paper print from glass negative
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998 (1998.338)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru
    ca. 1095
    Huang Tingjian (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink on paper
    Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Mezzetin
    ca. 1718–20
    Jean Antoine Watteau (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138)
    On view: Gallery 616
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Guitar and Still Life on a Mantelpiece
    1921
    Georges Braque (French)
    Oil with sand on canvas
    Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.11)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    The Guitar
    ca. 1919
    Henri Laurens (French)
    Painted terracotta
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg, 1984 (1984.209)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Guitar and Clarinet on a Mantelpiece
    1915
    Pablo Picasso (Spanish)
    Oil, sand, and paper on canvas
    Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.3)
    © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    On view: Gallery 900
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night
    1886
    Dora Wheeler (American), for Associated Artists (New York City)
    Silk embroidered with silk thread
    Purchase, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift and funds from various donors, 2002 (2002.230)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    A Fabulous Beast (Fragment of a Tapestry)
    ca. 1420–30
    German (Upper Rhineland; Basel)
    Linen warp with wool weft
    The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.211)
    Not on view

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Woman
    1950
    Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands)
    Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard
    From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6)
    © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor

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