Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012
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.
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012
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!
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.
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.
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012
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!
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012
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.
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012
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.