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  • Recently the @metlibrary acquired three rare handmade bark paper—or amate—books by Mexican artist Alfonso García Tellez. 📚 The books, conceived in the late 1970s, derive from a centuries-old Mesoamerican tradition of using amate figurines for spells, cures, witchcraft, and other rituals—in this case, by the indigenous Otomí people, from the villages around San Pablito, Puebla. Learn more at the link in bio. ⁣
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📖 Foldout of Alfonso Garcia Tellez's Historia de la Curación de Antigua de San Pablito Pahuatlán Pue[bla] ([Mexico]: Alfonso Garcia Tellez, [1978]). Photo by Daisy Paul. #MetLibrary
  • Recently the @metlibrary acquired three rare handmade bark paper—or amate—books by Mexican artist Alfonso García Tellez. 📚 The books, conceived in the late 1970s, derive from a centuries-old Mesoamerican tradition of using amate figurines for spells, cures, witchcraft, and other rituals—in this case, by the indigenous Otomí people, from the villages around San Pablito, Puebla. Learn more at the link in bio. ⁣

    📖 Foldout of Alfonso Garcia Tellez's Historia de la Curación de Antigua de San Pablito Pahuatlán Pue[bla] ([Mexico]: Alfonso Garcia Tellez, [1978]). Photo by Daisy Paul. #MetLibrary
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  • Dragon or wolf: who will take the Iron Throne tonight?? We're not taking sides! But we are looking at one more creature that reminds us of The Known World as we round out our #WeekofThrones.⁣
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This medieval tapestry fragment from @themetcloisters collection represents a fabulous lionlike beast with pointed teeth, clawed feet, and a scaly rump. Such beasts, derived from those illustrated in classical texts like the Physiologus and medieval bestiaries, represent vices (...another important theme of @gameofthrones.) Here the figures posed with them seem to have tamed their libidinous cravings. Such tapestries were displayed in homes providing decoration as well as insulation. ⁣
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🎨 Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging, ca. 1420–30. Made in Basel, Switzerland. Upper Rhenish. Tapestry weave: wool on linen. The Cloisters Collection, 1990. #GameofThrones
  • Dragon or wolf: who will take the Iron Throne tonight?? We're not taking sides! But we are looking at one more creature that reminds us of The Known World as we round out our #WeekofThrones.⁣

    This medieval tapestry fragment from @themetcloisters collection represents a fabulous lionlike beast with pointed teeth, clawed feet, and a scaly rump. Such beasts, derived from those illustrated in classical texts like the Physiologus and medieval bestiaries, represent vices (...another important theme of @gameofthrones.) Here the figures posed with them seem to have tamed their libidinous cravings. Such tapestries were displayed in homes providing decoration as well as insulation. ⁣

    🎨 Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging, ca. 1420–30. Made in Basel, Switzerland. Upper Rhenish. Tapestry weave: wool on linen. The Cloisters Collection, 1990. #GameofThrones
  •  20,584  69  19 May, 2019
  • 🐉✨ Designed by Paramount Studios' costume designer Travis Banton, this glamorous gown from the @metcostumeinstitute collection was worn by pioneering Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong in the 1934 film "Limehouse Blues." Wong blazed a trail for Asian-American actors and was one of the few actors in general to transition from silent to talking films. ⁣#WeekofThrones

Dress: Travis Banton (American, 1894–1958). Evening dress,1934. Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Anna May Wong, 1956. #GameofThrones #dragon
  • 🐉✨ Designed by Paramount Studios' costume designer Travis Banton, this glamorous gown from the @metcostumeinstitute collection was worn by pioneering Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong in the 1934 film "Limehouse Blues." Wong blazed a trail for Asian-American actors and was one of the few actors in general to transition from silent to talking films. ⁣ #WeekofThrones

    Dress: Travis Banton (American, 1894–1958). Evening dress,1934. Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Anna May Wong, 1956. #GameofThrones #dragon
  •  42,173  229  19 May, 2019

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  • Happy birthday to American photographer Gertrude Käsebier, born May 18, 1852. 📷✨ A frequent model for Käsebier, Beatrice Baxter Ruyl, pictured here), made illustrations for children’s books and the Boston Herald. 📸 Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934). The Sketch, 1903. Platinum print.
  • Happy birthday to American photographer Gertrude Käsebier, born May 18, 1852. 📷✨ A frequent model for Käsebier, Beatrice Baxter Ruyl, pictured here), made illustrations for children’s books and the Boston Herald. 📸 Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934). The Sketch, 1903. Platinum print.
  •  12,262  50  18 May, 2019
  • 🛡️⚔️🛡️ The golden armor of the King’s Guard, the lion armors of the Lannisters, the plain, fitted helmets of the Stark men (based on the barbutes and sallets worn in 15th-century Europe)—the armor worn on @GameofThrones identifies a noble house and marks an allegiance, inspired by the armor worn by guards who protected medieval and early modern cites, noble families, and leaders. Just like this did! ⁣
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This burgonet—an open-faced type of helmet—in the @metarmsandarmor collection is part of an extensive series of similarly embossed parade helmets thought to have been made for the guard of Pier Luigi Farnese (1525–1547). Like the wolves, roses, krakens, or flayed men worn by soldiers on #GameofThrones to mark their alliances, the fleur-de-lis on this helmet declared its wearer’s loyalty to the Farnese. #WeekofThrones ⁣
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Burgonet for the Farnese Guard, Italian, ca. 1545–47. Rogers Fund, 1904. On view in Gallery 374.
  • 🛡️⚔️🛡️ The golden armor of the King’s Guard, the lion armors of the Lannisters, the plain, fitted helmets of the Stark men (based on the barbutes and sallets worn in 15th-century Europe)—the armor worn on @GameofThrones identifies a noble house and marks an allegiance, inspired by the armor worn by guards who protected medieval and early modern cites, noble families, and leaders. Just like this did! ⁣

    This burgonet—an open-faced type of helmet—in the @metarmsandarmor collection is part of an extensive series of similarly embossed parade helmets thought to have been made for the guard of Pier Luigi Farnese (1525–1547). Like the wolves, roses, krakens, or flayed men worn by soldiers on #GameofThrones to mark their alliances, the fleur-de-lis on this helmet declared its wearer’s loyalty to the Farnese. #WeekofThrones

    Burgonet for the Farnese Guard, Italian, ca. 1545–47. Rogers Fund, 1904. On view in Gallery 374.
  •  10,545  31  18 May, 2019
  • #TeensTakeTheMet happens two weeks from today! 🎆 Have you invited your friends yet? Join tons of other teens to take over #TheMet for the night—complete with step dancing, art-making, vogueing, live bands, improv, and so much more. See you then, and follow @MetTeens for more!
  • #TeensTakeTheMet happens two weeks from today! 🎆 Have you invited your friends yet? Join tons of other teens to take over #TheMet for the night—complete with step dancing, art-making, vogueing, live bands, improv, and so much more. See you then, and follow @MetTeens for more!
  •  5,315  20  17 May, 2019

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  • “This Vincent van Gogh painting of cypresses is quite small. It screams off of the wall as if it was the only painting in the room! How to do that? Clarity and freedom. You can go to The Met and walk up to it and see it.” —Julian Schnabel⁣
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What better way to kick-off the weekend? We are thrilled to welcome painter and director Julian Schnabel to #TheMet tonight for a special conversation with Director of The Met Max Hollein, followed by a screening of Schnabel's award-winning film “At Eternity’s Gate.” See you tonight! #VincentVanGogh⁣
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🎨 Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Cypresses, 1889. On view in Gallery 825.
  • “This Vincent van Gogh painting of cypresses is quite small. It screams off of the wall as if it was the only painting in the room! How to do that? Clarity and freedom. You can go to The Met and walk up to it and see it.” —Julian Schnabel⁣

    What better way to kick-off the weekend? We are thrilled to welcome painter and director Julian Schnabel to #TheMet tonight for a special conversation with Director of The Met Max Hollein, followed by a screening of Schnabel's award-winning film “At Eternity’s Gate.” See you tonight! #VincentVanGogh

    🎨 Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Cypresses, 1889. On view in Gallery 825.
  •  72,372  379  17 May, 2019
  • “The Met collection is the story of 5,000 years of inspiration, occurring across the globe and in every circumstance imaginable, right up through the present. It’s exhilarating to see artists and designers of today join this lineage of creativity,” says Max Hollein, Director of The Met and a judge for our #Met150 Design Contest.⁣
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Be inspired by art in The Met’s Open Access collection, then submit an original design for a chance to win. Visit the link in bio to learn more. #TheMet #TheMetStore
  • “The Met collection is the story of 5,000 years of inspiration, occurring across the globe and in every circumstance imaginable, right up through the present. It’s exhilarating to see artists and designers of today join this lineage of creativity,” says Max Hollein, Director of The Met and a judge for our #Met150 Design Contest.⁣

    Be inspired by art in The Met’s Open Access collection, then submit an original design for a chance to win. Visit the link in bio to learn more. #TheMet #TheMetStore
  •  4,257  26  17 May, 2019
  • No joke, folks—"Bell and the Dragon" is the actual title of this 1811 etching from @metdrawingsandprints, clearly taking a cue from last week's episode of @gameofthrones. 🐉🔔🔥⁣ ⁣⁣
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You might also notice "Lancaster" in the background—in writing #GameofThrones, George R.R. Martin was heavily inspired by the 15th century War of the Roses between the Yorks (Starks) and the Lancasters (Lannisters). But this sketch isn't related to *that* rivalry—the drawing of this fire-breather is a satire on the controversy between Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) and Dr. Bell (1753–1832) over educational methods during the 1810s. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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✒️ Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756–1827). Bell and the Dragon, December 9, 1811, hand-colored etching. #TheMet #WeekofThrones
  • No joke, folks—"Bell and the Dragon" is the actual title of this 1811 etching from @metdrawingsandprints, clearly taking a cue from last week's episode of @gameofthrones. 🐉🔔🔥⁣ ⁣⁣
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    You might also notice "Lancaster" in the background—in writing #GameofThrones, George R.R. Martin was heavily inspired by the 15th century War of the Roses between the Yorks (Starks) and the Lancasters (Lannisters). But this sketch isn't related to *that* rivalry—the drawing of this fire-breather is a satire on the controversy between Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) and Dr. Bell (1753–1832) over educational methods during the 1810s. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

    ✒️ Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756–1827). Bell and the Dragon, December 9, 1811, hand-colored etching. #TheMet #WeekofThrones
  •  32,129  200  17 May, 2019
  • A lovely way to spend a May weekend! 🌺 From May 17–21, join us to explore the rich history of Ikebana (literally: “standing flower”) as the Department of Asian Art, in partnership with Ikebana International New York Chapter, hosts the annual Ikebana Display, a small exhibition of traditional and contemporary Japanese flower arrangements. These diverse, dynamic, and exciting compositions will be arranged just outside the Arts of Japan galleries and Chinese Garden in Gallery 209. 📸: Mary Jane Risch (2018)
  • A lovely way to spend a May weekend! 🌺 From May 17–21, join us to explore the rich history of Ikebana (literally: “standing flower”) as the Department of Asian Art, in partnership with Ikebana International New York Chapter, hosts the annual Ikebana Display, a small exhibition of traditional and contemporary Japanese flower arrangements. These diverse, dynamic, and exciting compositions will be arranged just outside the Arts of Japan galleries and Chinese Garden in Gallery 209. 📸: Mary Jane Risch (2018)
  •  6,671  32  16 May, 2019
  • 🔥 In the battle of House Targaryen vs. House Lannister, guess we all know who wins (!)—but who would win this brawl? 🐉 🦁 It's quite the fight for this dragon and lion in "Fairbarn’s Book of Crests" from the @metlibrary's reading room. #WeekofThrones ⁣
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📖 "Fairbarn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland" by James Fairbairn, 1993 (reprint), originally published in 1905. #GameofThrones
  • 🔥 In the battle of House Targaryen vs. House Lannister, guess we all know who wins (!)—but who would win this brawl? 🐉 🦁 It's quite the fight for this dragon and lion in "Fairbarn’s Book of Crests" from the @metlibrary's reading room. #WeekofThrones

    📖 "Fairbarn’s book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland" by James Fairbairn, 1993 (reprint), originally published in 1905. #GameofThrones
  •  21,696  79  15 May, 2019
  • Happy birthday, #JasperJohns, born May 15, 1930. On view now at @metbreuer, Johns's "White Flag"—the largest of his flag paintings—and Zarina's set of woodcuts open our exhibition "Home Is a Foreign Place," named after Zarina's piece. ⁣
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Johns frequently appropriated well-known images such as targets, maps, and flags—in his words, “things the mind already knows.” By challenging our understanding of what constitutes a national symbol and complicating our relationship to this highly charged American image, it speaks powerfully, if ambiguously, to the issue of national identity. #HomeIsaForeignPlace ⁣
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🎨 (L) Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). White Flag, 1955. Encaustic, oil, newsprint, and charcoal on canvas. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (R) Zarina (American, born 1937). Home is a Foreign Place, 1999. Portfolio of 36 woodcut chine collé with Urdu text printed on paper and mounted on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Happy birthday, #JasperJohns, born May 15, 1930. On view now at @metbreuer, Johns's "White Flag"—the largest of his flag paintings—and Zarina's set of woodcuts open our exhibition "Home Is a Foreign Place," named after Zarina's piece. ⁣

    Johns frequently appropriated well-known images such as targets, maps, and flags—in his words, “things the mind already knows.” By challenging our understanding of what constitutes a national symbol and complicating our relationship to this highly charged American image, it speaks powerfully, if ambiguously, to the issue of national identity. #HomeIsaForeignPlace

    🎨 (L) Jasper Johns (American, born 1930). White Flag, 1955. Encaustic, oil, newsprint, and charcoal on canvas. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (R) Zarina (American, born 1937). Home is a Foreign Place, 1999. Portfolio of 36 woodcut chine collé with Urdu text printed on paper and mounted on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  •  7,190  21  15 May, 2019