Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012
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. 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.
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.
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012
I was challenged to find a work of art from another culture and time period that is similar in some way to the Renaissance portrait that I have been researching. For my portrait's match, I decided to pick a helmet mask made by the Mende or Sherbro peoples from Sierra Leone in West Africa.
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012
Can you believe this painting is over five centuries old? I'm astounded by how works of art can survive over such a long period of time.