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January 2010


Curator Interview

Discover More

Winter Sale

Closing Exhibitions

Gallery of Late Gothic Art Reopens

For Families

Welcome to a new year at the Metropolitan Museum. We encourage you to harness the creative energy of the Met, home to some of the world’s greatest works of art, now and in the months to come. Resolve to make the most of your Museum experience in 2010.

In January, we are offering a variety of educational programs designed to engage guests of all ages as well as a diverse lineup of exhibitions, several of which will be closing soon, that you do not want to miss.

Image: "Trotting Cracks" on the Snow (detail) hand-colored lithograph, 1858, Louis Maurer (American, 1832–1932). Published by Currier & Ives (American, active 1852–1907). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962 (63.550.28).

Curator Interview: Featured Work of Art

Buddha Offering Protection is an exquisite sculpture on display in the reinstalled South Asia Galleries. John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art, recently spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about this work.

Many cultures have depicted the Buddha, creating a beautifully diverse collection of works. What makes this particular statue unique to its time period and region—fifth-century northern India?
The standing image of the Buddha in red sandstone, exceedingly beautiful, really represented what became the quintessential prototype of all future Buddhas. This is the point at which the style reached a pinnacle of achievement and became the reference point for all future representations of the Buddha in India and beyond, in greater Asia—China and Japan and Southeast Asia.

The depiction of the robes is very stylized; the folds look almost like lines.
The treatment of the robes is particularly distinctive of the northern Indian style. The monk’s robes are drawn over both shoulders; the double shoulder mode of dress readily distinguishes these images from the south Indian style, which typically leaves one shoulder exposed. There’s also the wet drapery effect: the robes are drawn over the body in a form-defining way, revealing the physiognomy beneath. The folds have become a convention for both animating the surface and celebrating the body beneath.

Continue reading the interview.

Image: Buddha Offering Protection, Gupta period, 5th century. India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Enid A. Haupt Gift, 1979 (1979.6).

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Met Holiday Monday

Select galleries and shops in the Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Public restaurants will close at 4:30 p.m. See the online calendar to plan your visit.

Please note that The Cloisters Museum and Gardens—the Museum’s branch in northern Manhattan—is not open on Met Holiday Mondays.


Discover More: Sundays at the Met

Spend a Sunday afternoon exploring some of the most interesting topics in art scholarship. These events are free with Museum admission.

Velázquez Rediscovered
January 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Today’s event will illuminate the intriguing story of the recent reattribution of the painting Portrait of a Man to Spanish master Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez.

Legends and True Stories: Misconceptions in Art, History, and Conservation
January 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Museum curators and conservators will address misunderstandings commonly held by the public and, occasionally, even by specialists in the field.

See our calendars for more free lectures and subscription lectures.

Image: Portrait of a Man, ca. 1630, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.42).

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Poll: Is This a Self-Portrait?

Portrait of a Man, an arresting work newly reattributed to Velázquez, may or may not be a self-portrait of the Spanish master painter. Take our poll and tell us what you think.


Winter Sale at The Met Store

Shop The Met Store’s winter sale and save up to 70% on home decor, apparel, accessories, stationery, holiday cards, items for kids, and much more. Enjoy up to 50% off selected jewelry and watches, and don’t miss our special selection of books starting at only $5. Hurry, quantities are limited. Visit our sale now.

As an extra treat, take $10 off your purchase of $50 or more! Simply enter code K908 at checkout to take advantage of this special online offer through January 31.

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Closing Exhibitions

See the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai, study the work of a fiercely independent artist, discover the power of narrative in American art, explore the vibrant musical history of China, and uncover a masterpiece.

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868
Through January 10

Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733–1799)
Through January 10

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915
Through January 24

Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China
Through February 7

Velázquez Rediscovered
Through February 7

Special exhibitions are free with admission. See all current exhibitions.

Image: Drunken Zhong Kui, dated 1762, Luo Ping (1733–1799). Palace Museum, Beijing.

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The Gift of Membership

A gift Membership enriches lives. Donate now to share the Met’s treasures with someone special and provide the Museum with important financial support.


Gallery of Late Gothic Art Reopens

We are delighted to announce the reopening of the Late Gothic Hall at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens after an extensive, five-year renovation. The gallery contains many masterworks of the 15th and 16th centuries, including the monumental tapestry Episode from The Story of the Redemption of Man: Christ Is Born as Man’s Redeemer, returned to public view following a thorough campaign of conservation. Another highlight is the recently conserved stone tracery of four large, 15th-century windows from a Dominican monastery in Burgundy, France.

Among the gallery’s other treasures are sculptures by the renowned German artist Tilman Riemenschneider and richly painted and gilded altarpieces from Spain.

Plan your next visit to The Cloisters.

Image: Episode from The Story of the Redemption of Man: Christ Is Born as Man’s Redeemer (detail), 1500–20. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1938 (38.28).

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Met Podcast

In this podcast episode, author Elizabeth Strout discusses two Winslow Homer paintings in the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915. Strout weaves her own stories from Homer’s tableaux.


For Families

Celebrate Chinese Art and Music
Saturday, January 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Children will participate in workshops and tours at this fun, trilingual (Spanish, English, and Mandarin) event.

Storytime in Nolen Library
Wednesdays (through February 24) from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Bring your little ones and listen to specially selected tales from our library.

A Month of Sundays: World Myths and Legends
February 7 and 14, March 7 and 14, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Children ages six through ten will explore myths from around the world, visiting the galleries and creating their own art objects in the studio. The fee per child is $200 for four classes.

Sing along to "Cézanne’s Apples," the first in our series of music videos about art at the Met. You’ll know the tune, so just follow along with the words! See Explore & Learn for more online activities for kids.

The Museum offers many family events and programs each week. See the calendar for more.

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