Women’s History Month
Gallery talks and a film celebrate women in the arts. These programs are free with Museum admission.
Women in Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Saturday, March 14, and Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn more about the lives of women in Classical Greece with this essay from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors, and Ideals
Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Female Impressionist Artists and Their Mentors: Morisot, Cassatt, Manet, and Degas
Friday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Before the talk, read about women artists in 19th-century France, including American-born Mary Stevenson Cassatt.
Lady of the Two Lands and Daughter of Re: Images of Hatshepsut in Egyptian Art
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Listen to the podcast episode Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh to learn about the serendipitous discovery of this great ruler’s statuary.
Invitation to a Voyage: Eileen Gray, Designer and Architect
Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Painting in Image: Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Mademoiselle Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818) and Mademoiselle Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788), 1785. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, 1749–1803). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.5).
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Featured Work of Art
Young Woman Drawing, a portrait by Marie-Denise Villers that was once ascribed to Jacques-Louis David, has long intrigued visitors. Mary Sprinson de Jesús, research fellow in the Department of European Paintings, recently spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about this unusual painting.
"It was Margaret Oppenheimer, a student at the Institute of Fine Arts [at New York University] who finally found a convincing attribution for the portrait in 1996. … Villers studied with Girodet, one of David’s most successful pupils, and this portrait was clearly exhibited at the Salon of 1801, where it turns up in an engraving of the Salon installation. It is certainly Villers’s masterpiece.
[The portrait] has a particular immediacy, in part, because the artist has imperfectly grasped Davidian style—the careful drawing, modeling, and classicizing composition—that defined contemporary taste. The picture’s relative innocence and simplicity are part of its appeal. At the same time, the very evocative background with a broken window, the strong diagonal of the rooftop and the mysterious detail of a couple standing at the ledge opposite, shows Villers responding to the art around her. This motif was apparently borrowed from Baron Gerard’s 1799 painting The Comtesse de Morel-Vindé and her Daughter, now in the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. You might describe the picture as sui generis—one of a kind."
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Image: Young Woman Drawing, 1801. Marie-Denise Villers (French, 1774–1821). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.204).
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Whether online or in person, the objects of the Museum’s Department of Musical Instruments delight the eye and, when played during one of the Met’s free concerts, the ear as well.
Online Collection Database
Wherever you may be, take the opportunity to peruse more than 1,000 musical instruments in the Museum’s online collection database. Although only a small percentage of the department’s holdings, these objects represent a wide range of cultures and time periods, and provide inspiration for fine art and music lovers alike.
Free Concert in the Galleries
Join us for a free concert in The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. Masayo Ishigure will play traditional and contemporary music on a koto, or Japanese zither.
Visit the Musical Instruments playlist on the Met’s YouTube channel to see video of Eric Grossman playing one on the Museum’s Stradivari violins.
Rent an Audio Guide during your next visit for a personal tour of The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments.
Each month, the Met holds a splendid array of concerts and lectures in the Main Building and at The Cloisters Museums and Gardens. See Concerts & Lectures for more.
Image: Koto with Case, early 17th century; fabric koto wrap, 18th and 19th century. Goto Teijo, Ninth Generation Goto Master (Japanese, 1603–1673). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2007 (2007.194a–f).
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"It’s Time We Met" Photo Contest
There is less than one week left to enter the "It’s Time We Met" photo contest. Submit your snapshots for a chance to win and see your photo featured in the Met’s new marketing campaign. Visit the Museum’s Flickr Group and browse the terrific images our visitors have shared.
The contest’s goal is to find images that depict how you, the visitor, experience the Museum. Bring friends or family members to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens and record their experiences as well. While you are here, take advantage of the Met’s free programming. Guided tours, special exhibitions, and gallery talks are always free with suggested admission. Many free films and lectures are also available.
The contest runs though March 7. Please visit our Flickr Group for complete rules.
Image: Photo by Laura P. Russell via Flickr. 19th-Century Galleries. 6:35 p.m.
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Sunday at the Met Programs
Always free with Museum admission, Sunday at the Met programs feature enriching lectures on special exhibitions and works of art in the Met’s permanent collection.
Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
March 8, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, these talks focus on the refinement and force of French bronzes and the prodigious talents of those masters who produced them.
Conserving the Paintings Collections
March 15, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Painting conservation is a fascinating, labor-intensive process that requires technical, artistic, and scholarly skill from the conservator. These lectures highlight current and recent conservation projects at the Met, revealing the work involved in understanding as well as preserving the paintings in the Museum’s care.
Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500
March 22 at 3:00 p.m.
This event draws you into the heavenly worlds of medieval manuscript illumination and music. The program is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Choirs of Angels: Painting in the Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500.
Helen Diller Family Lecture Series
March 29 at 3:00 p.m.
Learn about the production of ancient glass in the Holy Land, from the artisan’s workshop to large-scale raw-glass industries. This lecture examines the design and use of furnaces, various vessels, oil lamps, and jewelry and also highlights the magnificent Sigma-Shaped Panel, a Byzantine gold and opaque glass panel masterpiece from Caesarea (Israel) on display at the Museum.
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For children, the Met is a magical place—full of stately knights in full armor, mysterious ancient Egyptian sphinxes and mummies, and bright, exuberant paintings by modern artists. To help families get the most out of their visits, the Museum offers an array of family programs, most free with admission.
Every Saturday and Sunday morning beginning at 11:00 a.m., families are invited to Look Again! Through conversation and drawing, our youngest visitors explore topics unlocking the history, meaning, and cross-cultural connections of works of art in the Museum. And on March 7 or 8, join us for a special How Did They Do That? program showing families, though handling tools and materials, how medieval artists created beautiful illuminated manuscripts. Half-hour sessions will be held throughout the afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Explore & Learn features provide hours of fun for children and help prepare families before their next visit to the Museum. Children may explore The Tomb of Perneb, follow the Knights in Central Park, and Walk the Block with Romare Bearden before coming to the Met.
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