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Friday and Saturday Nights
For College Students
For Teens
For Families

Dear Met News Subscriber,

Over the years, artists have depicted the summer season using different mediums, methods, and means of expression. Although summer doesn’t officially end until late September, August has come to represent, for many, the last month of the season—and certainly the hottest.

So if you cherish summer but find yourself devoted to air-conditioning, a visit to the Met is an excellent way to combine these two loves. As you will discover, the Museum is offering a variety of programming this month for visitors of all ages. While here, make sure you take the time to see summer through the eyes of another.

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Morning Glories, 19th century. Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese, 1796–1858). Edo period (1615–1868). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Seymour Fund, 1954 (54.69.1,2).

This work is not currently on view.

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Met Holiday Monday: Labor Day

The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open on Monday, September 7, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Family programs will be held throughout the day. See the online calendar to plan your visit.

Met Holiday Mondays sponsored by CIT

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

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

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

Discussing Medieval Drawings

Join the discussion on the Museum’s blog for the exhibition "Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages." Learn about the exhibition’s themes, read comments from the curator, and explore related resources.

Met Podcast

In this podcast episode, Keith Christiansen, the Jayne Wrightsman Curator of European Paintings, and Michael Gallagher, the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, discuss their research and conservation of the first known painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti, believed to have been created when he was 12 or 13 years old.

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 Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul and Michelangelo’s First Painting.

For more information, including rental rates, see our Audio Guide page. And don’t forget our special discount—Audio Guides are only $5 after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Become a Member

As a Member of the Met, you will receive free admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, special dining privileges, and discounts at The Met Store.

Associate: $50

Met Net: $60

Individual: $95

Family/Dual: $190

Exact benefits vary by category. Please see Membership for a list of all categories.

Connect with Met Share

Visit Met Share to connect with the Museum and fellow art lovers. Share photos, comment on our YouTube videos, listen to a Met Podcast episode, sign up for a feed, and so much more. See you online!

Become a Fan of the Museum on Facebook.

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The Met Store’s Featured Item

Junior Art Studio

Ideal for beginners and younger children, our portable folding easel set contains everything an aspiring artist needs, including canvases, brushes, acrylic paints, and a mixing palette.

Member Price: $40.50

Non-Member Price: $45.00

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Special Exhibitions Closing Soon

The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion through August 9

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective through August 16

Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages through August 23

Masterpieces of Islamic Calligraphy from The Metropolitan Museum of Art through September 1

The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Readers 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 garden plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

Buy Museum Admission Tickets in Advance

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 special exhibition Michelangelo’s First Painting presents the Renaissance master’s The Torment of Saint Anthony. Michelangelo’s biographers—Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi—tell us that, aside from some drawings, his first work was a painted copy after a well-known engraving by artist Martin Schongauer showing Saint Anthony tormented by demons. Keith Christiansen, the Jayne Wrightsman Curator of European Paintings and organizer of the exhibition, recently spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about Michelangelo’s intriguing work.

Certain scholars believe that Michelangelo painted The Torment of Saint Anthony when he was just 12 or 13 years old. To create such a work at a young age is astounding. What does it say about Michelangelo’s skill as an artist?
We need to get this straight. I believe it was painted by Michelangelo when he was between 12 and 13. And I believe this is implied by a combination of the documents and biographical information we possess. Most scholars skirt the age—as, indeed, they skirt whether they think this is the picture referred to by the biographers, or whether it is a picture by someone else.

As to accomplishment, yes, it is very accomplished for a 12- or 13-year-old. But it is not a great work of art by any means and is very far from the level Michelangelo achieved at the age of 16 or so—which is one of the reasons that it has not received the attention I think it deserves. At the core of the problems surrounding our understanding of the picture is the way connoisseurship works: by moving backward from works that are firmly established. In this case, one must take a certain leap and ask not, "Does this look like the Doni Tondo in the Uffizi in Florence," but instead, "What would a copy after a German engraving by Michelangelo at age 12 or 13 look like?"

Image: The Torment of Saint Anthony, ca. 1487–88. Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti) (Italian, Florentine, 1475–1564). Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Photographing Beautiful Spaces

Compliments to Trish Mayo, whose photo of The New American Wing we selected to feature in this edition of Met News. It was a joy to look through all of the photos—please keep adding them to our Flickr Group Pool with the tag "american_wing." In order to submit photos to our pool, you must first join the group. For more information, see our guide for getting started with Flickr and the Museum’s photography policy.

Though it is a stunning space, The New American Wing is not the only place you can take photos in the Museum. Participants in our It’s Time We Met photography contest ventured throughout the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in search of the perfect shot.

Image: Photo by Trish Mayo via Flickr

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Friday and Saturday Nights

If you’d like to add some culture to your Friday and Saturday evenings, a visit to the Met is ideal. The Main Building is open until 9:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to peruse the galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum holds gallery talks at 7:00 p.m. on most Fridays and Saturdays.

Summer Fridays
We cordially invite you to our last "Summer Friday" on August 28 in the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar. Listen to live music while you enjoy fine international cuisine and an excellent rotating selection of wines. The last seating in this intimate wine bar is at 8:30 p.m. See a sample dinner menu and a sample wine menu. For reservations, please call 212-570-3964.

Cafés and Cocktails

In addition to the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar, there are other options for evening dining at the Museum. The New American Wing Café serves traditional American favorites. The Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar offers light fare and an assortment of excellent beverages, including specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and frozen drinks. Enjoy live classical music at the Great Hall Balcony Bar, which serves a full selection of appetizers and drinks.

Perhaps the greatest offering at any of these cafés is the view—breathtaking works of art are just a glance away.

Image: Photo by aleverone via Flickr

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For College Students

The Museum offers programs, events, and internship opportunities for college students.

The College Group at the Met

Headed by 25 local college students, The College Group at the Met (CGM) creates opportunities for students from all backgrounds and majors. The CGM helps students explore the Museum in new ways, from exclusive tours to theme parties and everything in between. Be sure to mark your calendar—the CGM will host their next big party on September 30.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply to the best museum committee around: the 2009–2010 CGM application will be available for download later this month.

Podcasts by College Students
Listen to Met Podcast episodes created by college students and learn about Neo-Assyrian Reliefs and Edward Hopper’s The Lighthouse at Two Lights.

Summer Intern Highlight Talks and Tours

The Cloisters
Join The Cloisters summer college interns for gallery talks on special topics at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens.

The Main Building

Our talented college summer interns will guide you on tours highlighting particular works in the Museum’s collection.

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For Teens

We create events, programs, and special resources for our teenage visitors. Check back to see what’s new for teens. Below are benefits and features that teens may take advantage of throughout the year.

Free Admission and Audio Guides
Teens ages 15 through 18 receive free admission to the Met with the Museum Pass for High School Students and a valid high school ID card. To request a pass, email, call 212-650-2832, or download the pass (PDF) from our site.

New York City teens ages 11 through 15 with a valid high school ID card may rent Audio Guide players for free.

The Met on Facebook
Did you know that the Museum has its own Facebook page? Become a fan to find out what’s happening at the Met and to post your own comments.

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For Families

School will be in session soon, but we have plenty of programs to keep children entertained—and learning—during August.

Children’s Art Classes: Drawing in the Galleries
This is your last chance to participate in the summer semester of Children’s Art Classes, Drawing in the Galleries. Using the galleries of the Museum as classrooms, students will explore a variety of drawing techniques and materials and create their own artworks based on what they see. Sessions run through August 27 and cost $20 per class. See the calendar for more information.

Free Family Programs
Take a break and bring your children to see an assortment of family films presented in half-hour sessions. Or join us for Spanish-language family programs held every Sunday this month. And be sure to spend a fun afternoon at The Cloisters and participate in a family workshop on Saturday, August 15.

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