At The Met, New York City

We live in New York, so we are lucky to be able to visit this amazing institution often. It's one of the great encyclopedic museums (meaning it collects and exhibits works from all time and from around the globe). And if you can't get there in person, virtually explore the museum with us as your guide.

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Joachim Michael Salecker, Cup with cover with Hebrew inscriptions
Joachim Michael Salecker, Cup with cover with Hebrew inscriptions

This ornamented silver cup tells a story about a prominent Jewish man close to rulers and European courts at a time when Jewish life was restricted

In Full Color, Ancient Sculpture Reimagined
In Full Color, Ancient Sculpture Reimagined

Contrary to the white marble of the ancient Mediterranean we see today, the ancient Greeks and Romans painted their statues in vibrant colors

Jacques-Louis David, <em>The Death of Socrates</em>
Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates

What is worth dying for? David draws comparisons between ancient Roman philosopher Socrates and the French Revolution

Married Woman’s Apron (<em>itjogolo</em> or <em>ijogolo</em>), Ndebele peoples
Married Woman’s Apron (itjogolo or ijogolo), Ndebele peoples

These decorated aprons were gifts from the groom’s family to his wife, and signified her new role in society.

Han Gan, <em>Night-Shining White</em>
Han Gan, Night-Shining White

Han’s Night-Shining White exemplifies the expressive power of the line, the backbone of Chinese painting.

Ottoman prayer carpet with triple-arch design
Ottoman prayer carpet with triple-arch design

This Muslim prayer carpet shares striking visual similarities to a Jewish carpet meant to cover the Torah ark

Inka checkerboard tunics
Inka checkerboard tunics

It is thought that these tunics were made for soldiers and the checkered pattern camouflaged them into an indistinguishable mass

How to recognize the Four Evangelists
How to recognize the Four Evangelists

How to identify the Christian figures of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by their iconography, or symbols, in art

László Moholy-Nagy, <i>Photogram</i>
László Moholy-Nagy, Photogram

László Moholy-Nagy's Photogram forces the viewer to question what a photograph is.

How to recognize the Buddha
How to recognize the Buddha

Who was the Buddha and how have artists depicted him as a visually recognizable figure in sculpture?

Bifolium from the Pink Qur’an
Bifolium from the Pink Qur’an

Pages dyed pink, script from the Maghreb, and gold medallions make this Qu'ran especially spectacular