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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Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer#24
Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer#24

A taxidermy deer covered with crystals changes the way we look at reality 

Cult Image of the God Ptah
Cult Image of the God Ptah

In the Third Intermediate Period, lapis represented two of Ptah's roles: that of creator of the world from a watery darkness, and Lord of the Sky.

Groom and Rider drawing
Groom and Rider drawing

The precision of the line and the attention to texture allow this drawing to stand on its own as a finished work.

Saddle (gser sga)
Saddle (gser sga)

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.

Janus-Faced Headdress (Ejagham or Bale peoples)
Janus-Faced Headdress (Ejagham or Bale peoples)

This exceptional mask has a solid wooden core carved with two similar faces in opposing directions, often referred to as a Janus face.

The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The luxurious space of the Damascus Room was ikely for an affluent family to host visitors. The opulent décor and poetic inscriptions were designed to make the space feel like a retreat from the bustling commercial center. Explore the masterpiece with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Nativity group, from Guatemala
Nativity group, from Guatemala

A Nativity group made in wood from colonial Guatemala shows why sculptors from this area were renowned in the viceroyalties

Petrus Christus, <em>A Goldsmith in his Shop</em>
Petrus Christus, A Goldsmith in his Shop

We stand on a Bruges street and approach a goldsmith’s shop. Hang on, is that a falcon? Looks like we have company.

Wang Zhen, <em>Buddhist Sage</em>
Wang Zhen, Buddhist Sage

How modern is this Chinese painting? Of course, it’s a trick question; it all depends on what you mean by "Chinese," or by "modern."

Room M of the Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor, Boscoreale
Room M of the Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor, Boscoreale

Vibrant frescoes from Room M at Boscoreale blur the line between urban, rural, and sacred scenes as well as what is real and imaginary.

Wine bearers in landscape, a Safavid textile
Wine bearers in landscape, a Safavid textile

Safavid nobles wrapped themselves in poetries of love, wine, and youth

Four-cornered hat
Four-cornered hat

Learn more about how the Wari people made incredibly complex, detailed textiles like this hat