“Precaution”: Curator Isabel Stünkel Reveals the Met’s Unofficial Mascot
Unbeknownst to many, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s unofficial mascot is a miniature ceramic hippopotamus from ancient Egypt. Isabel Stünkel, a curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan, unpacks the symbolism and mythology of the small, brightly colored figurine. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, tapestries were often just as revered as paintings. In this video, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell describes the beauty, significance and astonishing skill of van Orley’s tapestry
“Winners and Losers”: Xavier Salomon on Tiepolo’s Magnificent Canvas
Xavier Salomon, former curator of Baroque Paintings, describes his reaction to this magnificent canvas as he walks past it every day. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Thinking Aloud”: Curator Carmen Bambach on a Drawing for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Carmen Bambach, discusses Michelangelo’s Studies for the Libyan Sibyl, an intimate preparatory drawing for the enormous figure of the Libyan Sibyl in the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Chapel.
“Extreme Fashion”: The Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton on Alexander McQueen
Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, was in the audience when Alexander McQueen debuted a striking pair of balsa wood wings at his Spring/Summer show of 1999.
“My First Time”: George Goldner on El Greco’s Toledo Masterpiece
When George Goldner, former Chairman of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, first visited the Met as a child, he was immediately drawn to El Greco’s striking oil painting 'View of Toledo.'
“Stare”: Curator Jeff Rosenheim on the Intimate Portrait of New York City Strangers
Although American photographer Walker Evans produced his Subway Passengers, New York City series between 1938 and 1941, these photographs speak to a universal urban experience that holds true today.