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Time to Bard-y. 🥳 A happy 455th birthday to William Shakespeare, believed to be born April 23, 1564. This image from @metdrawingsandprints comes from English engraver Samuel Cousins, who based this mezzotint—a method of engraving a metal plate—on the famous Chandos portrait of Shakespeare, a work with a good claim to be a lifetime representation. ⠀ ⠀ Today, most scholars attribute the Chandos painting (named for the Duke of Chandos, a one-time owner of the portrait) to John Taylor, an actor and painter-stainer who was its first recorded owner, though others suggest it was done by Shakespeare's friend the actor Richard Burbage. Either way, it was given to the @nationalportraitgallery in London in 1856, the first work in its collection. #ShakespeareDay⠀ ⠀ ✒ Samuel Cousins (British, 1801–1887) after (?) John Taylor (British, died 1651). William Shakespeare, 1849. Mezzotint and engraving; third state. #TheMet⠀
⛵ In this dreamy view of Venice from ca. 1835, J.M.W. Turner—born April 23, 1775—drew on his considerable experience as a marine painter and his brilliance as a watercolorist to show the foundations of the palaces of Venice merge into the waters of the lagoon through delicate reflections. He exhibited this canvas to wide acclaim at the Royal Academy, London, in 1835.⠀ ⠀ 🎨 Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851). Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute, ca. 1835. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899. On view in Gallery 808. #JMWTurner#TheMet
Happy #EarthDay! 🌍 Shot by astronaut Harrison Schmitt from Apollo 17, the last crewed mission to the moon, this crystal-clear image of the planet—called "Blue Marble"—is believed to be the most widely reproduced photograph in human history. See this and many more photos on view in "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography," opening July 3. #MetApollosMuse#Apollo50 ⠀ 📸: Harrison Schmitt (American, b. 1935), NASA Apollo 17. Blue Marble, 1972. Gift of Jules Bergman, 1984, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. #TheMet#BlueMarble@nypl
On Easter Monday, a look at Willem de Kooning’s painting of the same name, of course! Named for the day he completed it in 1956, #EasterMonday is the largest of ten monumental works de Kooning exhibited that spring. Critic Thomas Hess likened the group to "abstract urban landscapes," and Easter Monday does seem to reference the whirling pace and gritty detritus of the modern city. A tour de force of de Kooning’s gestural style, the work appears to be in simultaneous processes of creation and destruction, a perpetual state of both realization and erasure that finds some analogy in the continuous growth and decay of nature. ⠀ ⠀ 🎨 Willem #deKooning (American, 1904–1997). Easter Monday, 1955–56. Oil and newspaper transfer on canvas. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. #TheMet#MetEpicAbstraction#MetModern
✏️👒 Today’s #MetSketch Sunday pick comes from @marymckenzieg, whose drawing depicts Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s 1789 portrait of Marie Charlotte Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps—Comtesse de la Châtre—in Gallery 631. Keep sharing your own drawings of the Museum with us by using the hashtag #MetSketch!
A happy #Easter to all those celebrating today. The wall paintings from the Christian building at Dura-Europos—considered the world’s oldest surviving church—include the earliest securely dated representations of Jesus Christ. Intended to be viewed from right to left, the images here show Christ performing miracles: The walking-on-water scene at right depicts Jesus and Peter watched by disciples in a boat, and the scene on the left features Jesus gesturing toward an ill man lying on his pallet; at the far left, the same man appears again, healed, with his pallet on his back. This wall painting is on view now through June 23 in "The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East." #WorldBetweenEmpires⠀ ⠀ Image: Wall Painting of Christ Healing the Paralytic Wall Painting of Christ Walking on Water, ca. 232. Paint on plaster. Dura-Europos, Christian building, Baptistery. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos.
Happy birthday to artist Joan Miró, born #onthisday in 1893. 🌼🐦 The brilliant colors in Miró's early work owe much to Fauve examples, but the details of the bird and flower already show his interest in playful depictions of nature. Painted when he was only 24 and still going to art school, "Seated Nude Holding a Flower" was shown at Miró's first one-person exhibition, at the Galeria Dalmau in Barcelona. ⠀ 🎨 #JoanMiró (Spanish, 1893–1983). Seated Nude Holding a Flower, 1917. Oil on canvas. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. #MetModern
Sending #Passover greetings to all those celebrating. Found in a first-century synagogue in 2009 during excavations at Migdal (ancient Magdala) on the Sea of Galilee, the Magdala Stone, whose exact function is uncertain, dates to a time when the Temple in Jerusalem still stood. One short side features a seven-branched menorah—the earliest such image known in a synagogue. The Magdala Stone is on view now through June 23 in "The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East." #WorldBetweenEmpires⠀ ⠀ Image: The Magdala Stone, 1st century. Limestone. Migdal, Synagogue. Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.
Congratulations to the 2019 @metcostumeinstitute College Fashion Design Competition finalists! 🎉 If you're a college student, join us on May 23 for College Night: Notes on Fashion to celebrate the finalists and see who wins—plus visit “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” flaunt your stuff in a vogueing performance, and much more. Learn more about #MetCollegeNight at the link in bio. #MetCamp Finalists: @rosepany_lab@desireescarborough@brew_the_baetea@emily___blue@email@example.com@harrietsung@steph_theobald@_snowflower@houwenhouwen
Today’s delicious #MetCameo comes from chef @dominiqueansel: “Cézanne once said, ‘With an apple I want to astonish Paris.’ Sometimes, the simplest and most iconic things are the things that bring people the most joy. And what’s so wonderful about pastry is that with a few simple ingredients—just flour, butter, and sugar—and a bit of imagination, you can create almost anything.” 🎨: Paul #Cézanne (French, 1839–1906). Still Life with Apples and Pears, ca. 1891–92. Oil on canvas. On view in Gallery 826. #TheMet
Today at 2 pm at @themetcloisters, in observance of the fire at Notre-Dame, a bell in the Museum’s tower will toll for one minute, coinciding with the ringing of bells scheduled to take place across the United Kingdom. We invite you to join us by watching and listening live on The Met's Facebook page.