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February 2010


Valentine’s Day

Medieval Art: Previews and Reception

Lecture Series

Islamic Galleries Lecture

The Cloisters

Sunday at the Met

Dear Subscriber,

The sun is shining and the trees will never lose their leaves in Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Harvesters. Although it is cold outside, flowers bloom at the Met. We invite you to leave winter behind and join us for the opportunity to attend receptions, viewings, and lectures that highlight the gifts and imaginative powers of a diversity of exceptional artists.

If you’d like to come to special events and provide the Museum with invaluable support, please consider becoming a Member.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image: Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, active by 1551, died 1569). The Harvesters, 1565. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.164).

Photo by tangiblepress via Flickr.

Valentine’s Day at the Met

The Museum inspires love throughout the year, but Valentine’s Day weekend is a particularly romantic time at the Met. Enjoy an intimate dinner at the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar on Friday, February 12, or Saturday, February 13. On Sunday, take in a gallery talk on sacred and profane love in Asian art before visiting the Petrie Court Café for a delicious brunch.

Image: Sir Edward Burne-Jones (English, 1833–1898). The Love Song, 1868–77. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund, 1947 (47.26).

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Medieval Art Exhibitions: Previews and Receptions

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
Through June 13
This exhibition elucidates the Belles Heures, its artists, and its patron. One of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in this country, the Belles Heures of Jean de Berry is a treasure of The Cloisters collection. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy
Through May 23
The renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon provided an opportunity for the unprecedented loan of the alabaster mourner figures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Attendees may tour both exhibitions during the following programs:

Daytime Preview
For President’s Circle and Patron Circle Members
By Appointment Only

Monday, March 1, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Evening Viewing and Reception
For Supporting Members
Wednesday, March 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Early Music New York will provide lively secular music during the reception.

Image: Herman, Paul, and Jean Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France, by 1399–1416). The Belles Heures of Jean of France, Duc of Berry, 1405–1408/9. French; Made in Paris. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1). Folio 30r, The Annunciation.

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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, February 15, in honor of Presidents’ 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.


Lecture Series

Members beginning at the Sustaining level are invited to participate in our Saturday Seminar and Monday at the Met programs. The topic for both lecture series is "Romanticism to Realism: The Art of the Early Nineteenth Century." Though the classes explore the same subjects, each program offers distinct benefits. You may register online for either series.

Saturday Seminar
March 6, 13, and 20; April 10, 17, and 24; May 1 and 8
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. ($700)
Spend an enlightening Saturday afternoon at the Met.

Monday at the Met
March 8, 15, and 22; April 12, 19, and 26; May 10 and 17
10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ($1,600)
See the galleries on Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. A luncheon will be served.

Visit us online or call Meghann McKale in the Membership Department at 212-650-2819 for more information.

Image: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828). Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792), possibly 1790s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41).

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Islamic Galleries Lecture

For Members Beginning at the Family/Dual Level

New Galleries for the Department of Islamic Art: A Preview
Saturday, March 6, at 11:00 a.m.
Special Introduction by Director Thomas P. Campbell

The Islamic Galleries are presently undergoing renovation, expansion, and reinstallation, and are due to open to the public in the fall of 2011. Navina Haidar Haykel, associate curator in the Department of Islamic Art, will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the work in progress as well as a preview of the spectacular new galleries that are being created.

Learn more about the Islamic Galleries, including where to find masterpieces from the collection that are temporarily on display in other parts of the Museum. For tickets, please call 212-650-2819 or email

Image: Tughra (Imperial Cipher) of Süleyman the Magnificent, ca. 1555. Istanbul, Turkey. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1938 (38.149.1).

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The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Composed of architectural elements dating from the 12th through the 15th century, The Cloisters is a delightful place for aficionados of European medieval art. Visit this branch of the Met, located in northern Manhattan, to find an abundance of treasures, such as the exquisite Unicorn Tapestries.

In the wintertime, says Horticulturist Deirdre Larkin, visitors can "enjoy enchanting views of the snowy gardens from the warmth of the galleries, and the potted oranges, myrtles, palms, bay laurel, cyclamen, and narcissus flourishing in the glassed-in arcades of Cuxa cloister." For more on the plants and gardens of The Cloisters, see The Medieval Garden Enclosed.

While here, take a guided tour or rent an Audio Guide and discover the collection at your own pace. Families with children can participate in gallery workshops on a variety of fun topics.

See photos from last year’s elegant, Members-only gala at The Cloisters.

Medieval Costume Demonstration
Sunday, February 28, at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Costume historian Desirée Koslin will describe and discuss medieval costumes modeled by citizens of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Nijmegen was the original home of the Limbourg brothers, creators of such famed manuscripts as the Belles Heures and the Très Riches Heures. The costumes are fashioned after those depicted in scenes from Limbourg manuscripts, considered among the greatest achievements in late medieval illumination.

Image: The Cuxa Cloister. Photo by TheMetEveryday via Flickr.

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Planned Giving: Help Yourself and the Museum

Support the future of the Metropolitan Museum and create a stream of payments for yourself or someone you care about with a gift to the Metropolitan Pooled Income Fund. The Pooled Income Fund pays a variable income, much like a mutual fund, regardless of age. With a gift of $10,000, you can receive payments for life and a current tax deduction for a portion of the gift.

For more information, visit us online or contact the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796 or


Sunday at the Met

Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)
Methods of a Master
Sunday, February 28, at 3:00 p.m.

Museum curator Maxwell K. Hearn will discuss the recent gift to the Metropolitan of a rare trove of preparatory studies and sketches by Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997), one of modern China’s leading traditional artists. The talk will examine the Chinese artistic process of learning both from nature and the careful study and copying of earlier masterpieces.

See the special exhibition Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997) to view works by this great artist.

Image: Xie Zhiliu (Chinese, 1910–1997). Hawk with Notes, 20th century. Drawing; ink on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Sarah Shay, 2005 (2005.411.114).

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