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Detective Work on Metropolitan Treasures

Reaching Jaguar

Anne Higonnet, Author and Professor of Art History, Barnard College, Columbia University

A captivating story or great inspiration is behind most works of art, but hidden within some works of art are entirely unexpected narratives that reveal new layers of understanding. How do research, chance, and intuition unlock their secrets? Exploring three great works in the Metropolitan’s collections—Marie-Denise Villers’s Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868), (1801), Mary Cassatt’s Lady at the Tea Table (1883–85), and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Reaching Jaguar (1906–7, cast 1926)—author and professor Anne Higonnet uncovers meanings that have been forgotten.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 11:00am

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Image above: Anna Hyatt Huntington (American 1876-1973). Reaching Jaguar, 1906–7, cast 1926. Bronze; 48 x 44 x 22 in. (121.9 x 111.8 x 55.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Archer M. Huntington, 1926 (26.85.2).

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