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Featured Work of Art
Rebirth in Japanese Art
Fertility in Latin American Art
The Cycle of Life in Oceanic Art
Renaissance in Northern European Art

Dear Met News Subscriber,

Spring, with its promise of vitality and renewal, has arrived. In this edition of Met News, we invite you to take a virtual walkthrough of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as we explore the theme of renewal in art from around the world and throughout history. When you visit the Main Building or The Cloisters Museum and Gardens this April, be sure to see these works, all of which depict renewal in different ways.

If you’d like some fresh air after your walkthrough, venture up to The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which will reopen on April 28. This year’s installation is Maelstrom, by American artist Roxy Paine. Immersing viewers in what seems to be a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom is Paine’s largest and most important work to date. While here, enjoy cocktails and light fare at the Roof Garden Café.

Banner image: The Annunciation Triptych (detail), ca. 1425–1430. Robert Campin and Workshop (South Netherlandish, Tournai (ca. 1375–1444). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70a–c).

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Masterpiece Returns to The Cloisters

The Annunciation Triptych (Mérode Triptych) has returned to The Cloisters after a three-month stay at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. The triptych was a pivotal work of art in the Städel Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition "The Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden." Seen side-by-side with other paintings produced by the same artists in the 1420s, new light was shed on the creation of the masterpiece—evolving from a single panel to a winged altarpiece—and the hands involved.

Open Late Fridays and Saturdays

Did you know that the Main Building of the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings? Stop by for an after-work visit to the galleries and enjoy a drink at the Great Hall Balcony Bar with live classical music and candlelight dining in an intimate setting.

Audio Guides: $5 after 5:00 p.m.

Take advantage of a special reduced rate for Audio Guides on Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m., when Audio Guides are only $5. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

See Plan Your Visit for more information about Museum hours and admissions.

Exhibition-Related Audio Guides

Developed by the Museum’s curators and educators, Audio Guides provide insightful commentary about works of art in the Met’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions, including Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors, The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, and Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance.

For more information, including rental rates, see our Audio Guide page.

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The Genius of Andrea Mantegna

In this Sunday at the Met program, Curator Keith Christiansen explores the work of Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna (ca. 1431–1506), the defining painter of 15th-century Italy.

The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Readers may explore the role of plants and gardens in medieval life and art, learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

It’s Time We Met: Education Open House

On the morning of April 5, meet Metropolitan Museum educators during an open house and learn about the many events and resources available to visitors every day.

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Purchase admission tickets and Audio Guides in advance through TicketWeb.

Pick up tickets at the Information Desk in the Great Hall upon arrival.

Featured Work of Art

The Unicorn Is Attacked is one of a series of seven tapestries that have been displayed at The Cloisters since its opening in 1938. Probably designed in Paris and woven in the southern Netherlands around 1500, the tapestries are among the greatest works to survive from the period and they are a favorite of visitors to The Cloisters. Peter Barnet, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, recently spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about this beloved tapestry.

"The seven tapestries were once thought to constitute a single series, but they seem to break down into smaller groups. The Unicorn Is Attacked is one of four tapestries that belong to the largest of these. They all depict a unicorn hunt set in a landscape with a stream in the foreground below and the sky above. … In The Unicorn Is Attacked, sometimes called The Unicorn Leaps across the Stream, the unicorn is trying to escape the hunters who surround it with lances and a variety of weapons. The hunters are accompanied by realistically depicted hunting dogs. The unicorn was associated with Christ in the Middle Ages and the four tapestries in this group can be understood as an allegory of the Passion of Christ. Late medieval Passion literature, for example, describes the tormenters of Christ as dogs."

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Image: The Unicorn Is Attacked, ca. 1495–1505. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1937 (37.80.3).

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Rebirth in Japanese Art

The Birth of the Buddha
The nativity, with its symbolism of cosmic renewal, is one of the most important events in the story of the Buddha’s life. This rare and unusual 14th-century painting most likely decorated a temple hall as part of a complete cycle of events from his life used to instruct worshippers.

Learn more about Japanese representations of the life of the Buddha and works of art associated with Zen Buddhism. You may also be interested in a general introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist art. Or join us for a gallery talk on Friday, April 3, What is a Buddha?

Images of Nature

Japanese art is replete with images of the seasons designed to celebrate their beauty and evanescent character. Depictions of nature abound in the Shinto and Buddhist art of this country. The Japanese galleries at the Met display a number of beautiful screens with images of birds, flowers, and trees. When visiting, please keep in mind that the objects in these galleries are on a rotating schedule and some may not be available for viewing.

Image: The Birth of the Buddha, Muromachi period (1392–1573), ca. 1400.
Unidentified artist, Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alvin Friedman-Kien, 1993 (1993.478.1).

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Fertility in Latin American Art

Water Deity (Chalchiuhtlcue)

The Aztecs established themselves in the great central highland Basin of Mexico in the early 14th century. Two hundred years later, they were the political overlords of much of the country. Aztec-style sculpture proliferated throughout central Mexico, and deity images existed in quantity at sacred places such as caves, springs, and roadside shrines. Among them were female fertility figures that represent Chalchiuhtlcue, goddess of water and springs.

Many other breathtaking examples of Aztec stone sculpture have survived the ravages of time and iconoclastic campaigns. Read more about sculpture in the round and portrayals of mythological figures in Mesoamerican and Central American art.

Latin American Film for Children
On April 18, the Museum presents The Legend of the Nahuala, an animated film presented in collaboration with the 10th Havana Film Festival in New York. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is free with Museum admission. For reservations, please call 212-650-2833 or email

Image: Water Deity (Chalchiuhtlcue), 15th–early 16th century. Mexico; Aztec. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Museum Purchase, 1900 (00.5.72).

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The Cycle of Life in Oceanic Art

Bis Pole

The most spectacular sculptures of the Asmat people of southwest New Guinea are the ancestor bis poles. Made only in a limited area of the Asmat region, bis poles were, and still are, created as the focal points of memorial feasts honoring individuals who have recently died and become ancestors.

See a video on the Met’s YouTube channel of the delicate reinstallation process of bis poles in the New Galleries for Oceanic Art. Learn more about the Asmat and their artistic traditions, including the meaning behind many of their spectacular wood carvings.

Sunday at the Met–Celebrating the New Galleries for Oceanic Art
April 5, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The Museum’s New Galleries for Oceanic Art underwent an extensive three-year renovation, reopening in late 2007. The redesigned space allows the Museum to display one of the world’s premier collections of the arts of the Pacific Islands. These talks highlight the reinstallation of the galleries and the evolving processes involved in gallery design and object conservation.

For more information on Oceanic and Pacific art, browse through this collection of scholarly essays.

Image: Bis Pole, late 1950s. Asmat people, Omadesep village, New Guinea, Papua (Irian Jaya) Province, Indonesia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.1611).

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Renaissance in Northern European Art

Salvator Mundi
Devotional images of Christ as Salvator Mundi, or "Savior of the World," were especially popular in Northern Europe. Christ raises his right hand in blessing and in his left holds an orb representing the earth. Albrecht Dürer probably began this painting shortly before he departed for Italy in 1505, but completed only the drapery.

Although a brilliant painter, Dürer’s innovations in the medium of printmaking may constitute his greatest artistic achievement, as this essay explains. Those interested in learning more about Dürer may wish to attend the subscription lecture, Works of Art in the Metropolitan: Adam and Eve, on Tuesday, April 7. The lecture will explore Dürer’s skills and influences through a close reading of his acclaimed master engraving, Adam and Eve. Tickets are $23.

Free Concert in the Galleries
Enjoy a free concert in the The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. Loretta Kelley will perform music from a centuries-old living tradition on the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. View a beautiful Hardanger fiddle from the Museum’s collection.

Image: Salvator Mundi. Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.64).

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