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Go read a book! No, really… today is Read A Book Day! This composition, with its inventive cropping and velvety passages of pastel, reflects the influence of Degas, who befriended Bartholomé in the early 1880s. The sitter is the artist’s wife, Périe, known to be a "beautiful woman of delicate health, cultivated, and of supreme distinction." #TheMet #ReadABookDay
Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928) | The Artist's Wife (Périe, 1849–1887) Reading | 1883

“Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017” opens this Thursday, September 6 at The @MetBreuer. This exhibition will present the extraordinary and previously unknown sculptures of acclaimed American artist Jack Whitten. Here is a sneak peek detail shot of one of Whitten’s mixed media sculptures, “Homage to the Kri-Kri.”
Jack Whitten (American, 1939–2018). Homage to the Kri-Kri, 1985. © The Estate of Jack Whitten Courtesy The Estate of Jack Whitten and Hauser & Wirth #JackWhitten #MetBreuer

In honor of #SkyscraperDay, we’re sharing this incredible photo from our collection. Of the many photographs Lewis Hine took of the Empire State Building, this one became the popular favorite. Suspended in graceful sangfroid, the steelworker symbolizes daring technical innovation of the sort Daedalus embodied in Greek legend. #TheMet #LewisHine

Happy National Hummingbird Day! A peripheral member of the Hudson River School, Martin Johnson Heade was unique in giving equal attention to landscape and still life throughout his career. He was devoted to natural history and first painted apple blossoms around 1865, when he included them in his extensive series of works featuring hummingbirds in a variety of habitats. In this example, the hummingbird is perched on a lower branch and silhouetted against the sky, as recommended by the English critic John Ruskin. #TheMet #Hummingbirds #NationalHummingbirdDay
Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) | Hummingbird and Apple Blossoms | 1875

Happy first day of September! This cover from @harpersmagazine was from the September issue of 1894. #TheMet #September

Edward Penfield (American, 1866–1925) | Harper's: September | 1894

From @textilesmet: For two weeks in May, The Met’s Digital Department recorded every moment of our most recent rotation of large carpets and mounted textiles in the Museum’s Islamic Galleries. This time-lapse video captures the complex and labor-intensive de-installation and installation work required of our department, the Department of Islamic Art, and the Riggers. #TheMet

On Friday, September 7, starting at 6:30 pm, join us for "#MetFridays—History Refused to Die: An Evening with Lonnie Holley Featuring Helga Davis." Helga Davis, artist and host of the podcast Helga, and the celebrated artist and musician Lonnie Holley discuss Holley's dual modes of expression, his long history as an artist, and his upcoming album, MITH. The conversation is followed by a performance by Holley accompanied by the experimental duo Nelson Patton.

This lecture is *free* with museum admission and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift." #TheMet #HelgaDavis #LonnieHolley

Happy #NationalDogDay! Celebrate
with these pups, all from The Met’s collection. (1) John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Woman with Collie, after 1890.
(2) Relief fragment with two young dogs.
ca. 2400–2323 B.C. From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Complex of Amenemhat I, Pyramid core, MMA excavations, 1908–09.
(3) Spectacle case. Late 19th century, from Mexico.
(4) Tumbler. 1723, probably German.
(5) Netsuke of Puppies at Play. late 19th century. From Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912).
(6) Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913). Les Chiens. 1860s.
(7) Kawabata Gyokushō (Japanese, 1842–1913). 狗児図 A Pair of Puppies, 1868.
(8) Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). A Woman with a Dog, ca. 1769.
#TheMet

The Met is at @afropunk Brooklyn! Inspired by The Met exhibition, "African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s," come sit or pose for artist @malikesidibe, who provides a fresh take on the studio portrait. Portraits can be retrieved instantly--don't forget to share yours using #MetxAfropunk2018

"Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin,” on view now at The Met Fifth Avenue, centers around a highly ornamented ancient Egyptian coffin from the first century B.C.

The gilded mummiform coffin was made for Nedjemankh, a priest of the ram-god Heryshef of Nen-nisut. The elaborate decoration was carefully chosen and arranged to ensure that the deceased would be transfigured into one of the blessed dead. Dominating the lid are vignettes illustrating important funerary spells, along with an inscription invoking gold and silver. The interior of the lid is adorned with a figure of Nut, partially covered by silver foil; the base contains a djed pillar.

Lid of the coffin of the priest of Heryshef, Nedjemankh. Late Ptolemaic Period, 150–50 BC. From Egypt. #TheMet

Today, we welcomed the 1,000,000th visitor to “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of @metcostumeinstitute and Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of @VogueMagazine presented @liliology and @BeautybyIvan with a signed copy of the exhibition catalogue. #MetHeavenlyBodies, now The #CostumeInstitute’s most attended show ever, is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and @themetcloisters through October 8, 2018. #TheMet

There is less than one month left to see "Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops." Indian sculptor Ranjani Shettar combines natural and industrial materials—such as beeswax, wood, organic dyes, vegetal pastes, lacquer, steel, and cloth—in her large-scale installations. Typically composed of numerous non-representational forms, Shettar's immersive environments are inspired by her observations of the now-threatened natural environs of rural India.

For Seven ponds and a few raindrops (2017), the artist molded pieces of stainless steel into a series of shape-shifting elements that have been covered in tamarind-stained muslin. Suspended from the ceiling, the work seems to defy gravity, casting a series of mesmerizing shadows, which, from a distance, evoke the sense of having stumbled upon a surreal, hidden-away oasis. #TheMet #RanjaniShettar

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