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In lush greenery, Rama lounges in the center between his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana. 🌳 This forest exile scene is one of many captured in the #Ramayana, an epic narrative composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around the 5th century B.C. Exploring the themes of morality, kingship, and Rama's status as a divine manifestation (or avatar) of Vishnu, the Ramayana tells the story of Rama’s rescue of his beloved wife, Sita, after her abduction by Ravana, an evil demon with ten heads. ⁣ ⁣⁣ See the rest of this captivating story unfold in "Sita & Rama: The Ramayana in Indian Painting," now on view. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎨 Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana Begin Their Life in the Forest (detail). Illustrated folio with a scene from the Ramayana. India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Kangra, ca. 1800-1810. Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper.

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Nope, not a summer sunset—that's #TheDoors' Ray Manzarek's 1960s Vox Continental organ. 🌅🎹🎶 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Though originally created for jazz combos, rock bands adopted instruments like the Vox Continental for their portability and thin, bright, and punchy sounds. 💥 Manzarek was one of the first rock musicians to use a multi-keyboard setup, playing chords and melody on combo organs like this one and bass parts on a Fender Rhodes bass keyboard stacked on top of it. The distinctive tones of the Continental and other combo organs became an iconic part of The Doors' sound. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ See it on view in "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" through October 1.⁣ #MetRockandRoll⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🎹 Vox. Continental. ca. 1964-65. Wood, plastic, metal. Collection of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Gift of Ray Manzarek.⁣ #TheMet

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A pensive moment with Medea inside Engelhard Court in the @metamericanwing for this week's #MetSketch Sunday, drawn by @akikanonyc. ✍️ Share your sketches of The Met using the hashtag #MetSketch!

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Hey, bibliophiles! 📚 ✨ In honor of #BookLoversDay, take a peek inside this incredible book from the @metlibrary. A single-line drawing begins on the front cover and spans all 358 pages (!) of “Detour,” produced by Jan Voss in 1989. Even the fore edge adapts to the image on each page! ⁣ ⁣ 📖 Jan Voss (German, born 1936). Detour, 1989. Boekie Woekie, publisher. #TheMet #ForeedgeFriday

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Your favorite internet holiday is upon us: It's #InternationalCatDay. 🐈 Throughout history, cats have been worshipped as deities, protected for their stalking and hunting abilities, depicted as symbols of good and evil, or just plain adored for their gosh-darn-adorableness.👆Visit our Story to scope out a bunch of cats from The Met collection. ⁣ ⁣ ✒️ Nathaniel Currier (American, 1813–1888). The Favorite Cat, 1838–46. Hand-colored lithograph. #TheMet #meow

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Today's #MetCameo comes from Broadway actor @gavincreelofficial, who was moved by the 16th-century painting "Judith with the Head of Holofernes” at The Met, saying:⁣ ⁣ "I’ve always been a bit intimidated by museums, but while wandering the European galleries, I spotted this painting. Something about it made me stop and I wanted to know more. So I read the label and looked deeper into her eyes. And I could see a story. My medium is musical theater, and this will be a song—all I know right now is that it will be called Judith, and her story and the look in her eyes will be a part of it. I can’t stop thinking about it."⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Lucas Cranach the Elder German (German, 1472–1553). Judith with the Head of Holofernes, ca. 1530. Oil on linden. On view in Gallery 643. #TheMet

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#Onthisday in 1928, Andy Warhol was born. In 1965—the year after Susan Sontag published her essay "Notes on Camp"—Warhol filmed "Camp," a feature film starring members of his Factory and other friends performing their own ideas of "camping" as self-invention, in a send-up of the TV variety show. ⁣ ⁣ On November 18, a few days before its screening at the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque in New York, Warhol placed an ad in The Village Voice, declaring: “The camera work is so bad, the lightning is awful, the technical work is terrible—but the people are fantastic.”⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ See "Tomato from Campbell’s Soup I" and "The Souper Dress" on view in Camp: Notes on Fashion through September 8. #MetCamp⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸 #AndyWarhol (American, 1928–1987). Tomato from Campbell’s Soup I, portfolio of ten screenprints, 1968.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸 The Souper Dress. American, 1966–67. #TheMet

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We made it through Monday! Oh how happy we are to celebrate it with little @croquettef here. 🐶🐾#MuttropolitanMuseum #TheMet

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A peek at a few musical instruments on view at the Museum with this week’s #MetSketch Sunday from @ishitajain24. 🎷✍️🎺 Share your sketches of #TheMet by using the hashtag #MetSketch!

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For five centuries, a cache of jeweled rings, brooches, and coins was hidden the wall of a house in Colmar, France. Discovered in 1863, the 14th-century precious possessions of a Jewish family of medieval Alsace, now on view at @themetcloisters, revive the memory of a once-thriving Jewish community that was scapegoated and put to death when the Plague struck the region with devastating ferocity in 1348–49. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This remarkable collection of items, on loan from @museecluny, overturns conventional notions of medieval Europe as a monolithic Christian society. On view alongside select works from The Met Cloisters and little-known Judaica from collections in the United States and France, the exhibition underscores the prominence of the Jewish minority community in the tumultuous 14th century and the perils it faced.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ See "The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy" on view at The Met Cloisters through January 2020. 👉 Learn more at the link in bio. #ColmarTreasure ⁣ ⁣ 📸 Jeweled Brooch, from the Colmar Treasure. Second quarter 14th century. Gilded silver, sapphires, rubies, garnets and pearls. Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

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Rollin' into the weekend like...🎩⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In a new installation from @metdrawingsandprints, explore drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings—and a historic carriage model—that highlight the rise and success of New York's most celebrated carriage manufacturer, Brewster & Company, which produced 13,347 (!) distinct carriage designs between 1850 and 1903. ⁣👉 See these images and more on view in Gallery 690 at The Met Fifth Avenue. #TheMet ⁣ ⁣ 📸 Herman Stahmer (American, 1857–1894), Design for Coupé, no. 4209, 1893. Brewster & Co. Pen and black ink, watercolor and gouache.Gift of William Brewster, 1923.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Design for Park Drag, no. 3328, 1876. Brewster & Co. Pen and black ink, watercolor and gouache with gum arabic and metallic paint. Gift of William Brewster, 1923.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Dog Cart Phaeton/Four Wheel Tandem Cart # 4118, 1891. Brewster & Co. Pen and black ink, watercolor and gouache with gum arabic. Gift of William Brewster, 1923.

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Happy birthday, #JerryGarcia! 🎸🐺💥 "Wolf" was Garcia’s main guitar with the #GratefulDead from 1973 until 1979, during a period when he was expanding his "astral" country and blues sound. Named for the cartoon wolf sticker that Iuthier (someone who makes guitars and other stringed instruments) Doug Irwin recreated as an inlay, the instrument’s cutting-edge active electronics gave Garcia a wide variety of tonal options, which he described as "twelve guitars in one." ⁣ ⁣ See "Wolf" on view in "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" through October 1. #MetRockandRoll⁣ ⁣ 📸 Doug Irwin. Wolf (serial no. D. Irwin 001), 1973. Quilted and flamed maple, purpleheart (amaranth), vermillion, padauk, ebony, brass, chrome-nickel, mother-of-pearl, ivory, abalone, sterling silver, holly, plastic. #TheMet

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A legend in our midst! 🎸🎶 Thanks #SteveMiller for stopping by "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll." His psychedelically painted 1972 electric guitar (shown on the banner here!) is featured in the exhibition. ⁣ ⁣ Psst! Don't miss the @stevemillerband and the Jimmie Vaughan Band live in concert at The Met on September 28. Tickets will go fast! 👉 Get yours at the link in bio. #MetRockandRoll

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Grab your crew! It’s #InternationalDayofFriendship⁣⁣. 📸 🌙 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ At the height of the picture-postcard craze in the early 20th century, photography studios at beach resorts, carnivals, and downtown arcades offered sitters a variety of playful props and backdrops. Among the most popular was the "paper moon"—a cutout crescent moon, usually enhanced with a smiling face, set against a field of stars. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “Man in the Moon” portraits, as they were known at the time, were probably inspired by Georges Méliès’s film, "A Trip to the Moon"—specifically, a scene in which the space travelers fall asleep and dream of a lunar deity suspended on a crescent moon.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ See more moon-cradled BFFs in "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography," now on view. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 📸 "Man in the Moon" Postcards, 1900s–1940s. Gelatin silver prints. #TheMet

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On July 29, 1878, Etienne Léopold Trouvelot observed this total solar eclipse in Creston in the Wyoming Territory. 🌑☀️🌑 Both an artist and a scientist, Trouvelot was among many in the 19th century who created graphic interpretations of the sun's eclipse by the moon, striving not merely to make a detailed record to assist astronomers, but also to capture something of the sublimity of celestial bodies. ⁣ ⁣ See this and more lunar images by Trouvelot's contemporaries in "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography," on view through September 22. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50⁣ ⁣ 📸 Etienne Léopold Trouvelot (French, 1827–1895). Mare Humorum; and Total Eclipse of the Sun, Observed July 29, 1878, at Creston, Wyoming Territory, from The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings Manual, 1882. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Chromolithographs. Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. #onthisday #TheMet

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On the #FeastDay of #SaintAnne, a trip to The Met Cloisters to meet Saint Anne herself, a visitor from afar who arrived last week. You'll find this shimmering 15th-century Saint Anne in the Boppard Gallery, accompanied by her daughter Mary and grandson Jesus. Learn more from @themetcloisters.⁣ ⁣ See Saint Anne on view at The Met Cloisters until January 2020, thanks to a generous loan from @museecluny.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🎨 Hans Greiff (German, active ca. 1470–1516). Reliquary of Saint Anne, 1472. Gilded silver and enamel. Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge. #TheMet

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Can you spot the traveler? 🔎 👀 Hint: Look for a gentleman carrying a staff or umbrella over his shoulder! He pops up a few times throughout the scroll. ⁣ Measuring more than 18 ft long, this painted scroll from 1656 illustrates the true story of Huang Xiangjian’s epic journey across China to find his parents, who he lost contact with after the Manchu conquest in the mid-1640s. He traveled more than 1400 miles for a year and a half before finding them in Yunnan. This scroll traces the most arduous part of his journey, from northwest Guangdong through west Hunan to east Guizhou.⁣ ⁣ See the full scroll on view in “Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China” before it closes Sunday, August 4.⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Huang Xiangjian (Chinese, 1609-1673). Searching for My Parents, dated 1656. Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Handscroll; ink and color on silk. On view in Gallery 210. #TheMet #MetAsianArt

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Announcing the @metcostumeinstitute's fall 2019 exhibition! 💃 Join us for "In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection,” on view from November 27, 2019 to May 17, 2020. ⁣ ⁣ Over the course of more than half a century, Sandy Schreier assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. Featuring promised gifts from the pioneering collector, "In Pursuit of Fashion" will explore how Schreier amassed a trove of 20th-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear—not as a wardrobe, but as an appreciation of a form of creative expression.⁣⁣ 👉 Learn more at the link in bio. ⁣⁣ 📸 Evening Dress, Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937), summer 1961; Promised gift of Sandy Schreier. Photo: © Nicholas Alan Cope #TheMet #InPursuitofFashion

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We mourn the recent passing of extraordinary artist Marisa Merz (1926–2019). Working in postwar Italy, Merz was the sole female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement and one of the most radical participants in postwar Italian art. She was revolutionary in her use of unconventional elements, such as aluminum sheeting, copper wire, nylon thread, and unfired clay, as well as in her definitive resistance to titling and dating her work. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Met was honored to present her first American solo exhibition at the @metbreuer in 2017 in a presentation organized with the @hammer_museum.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸 Installation view of Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space at The Met Breuer, 2017. #TheMet #MetModern

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Here's the scoop: it's #NationalIceCreamDay!🍦 ⁣We're spending it with this Walker Evans pic from the early 1970s. ⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸 Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). [Roadside Ice Cream Cone Sign], 1973–74. Instant color print. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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🚀🌙 👨‍🚀 Fifty years ago today, Neil Armstrong uttered those famous words as he stepped down onto the surface of the moon. 👉 Swipe and turn up the sound to hear them!⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ CBS covered the Apollo 11 moon landing for 32 continuous hours, with live commentary by Walter Cronkite and retired Apollo 7 commander Wally Schirra. 📺 Because there were no television cameras on the moon to record the descent of the lunar module Eagle, CBS accompanied @nasa’s audio transmission with animated visuals and shots of a scale model. The audio and visuals are out of sync because the landing took longer than anticipated.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ As he climbed down the ladder 3.5 hours after touchdown, Armstrong lowered from the equipment stowage compartment a black-and-white television camera, which transmitted his first steps on the lunar surface.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ See more lunar landing images in “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon the Age of Photography,” on view now. 🌙⁣ #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 ⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ 🎥 NASA Apollo 11. Television Transmission of Neil Armstrong’s First Steps on the Moon, 1969. Video, black-and-white, sound, 1 min., 10 sec. Courtesy NASA TV.

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#FBF to last week's incredible performance by Mashrou Leila ( @mashrouleila) and Rabih Alameddine ( @beirutiguy) on Oliver Beer's Vessel Orchestra at the @metbreuer. 🏺🎶🔊 ⁣ ⁣ Catch more performances every Friday evening through August 9! Tonight, don't miss Matana Roberts with Darius Jones, starting at 7:30 pm. #VesselOrchestra #MetModern ⁣ ⁣ 📸: @paulalobo

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"...one of the most arresting museum experiences of the season. It is an astonishment." ⁣— @nytimes⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Don't miss "Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee" on view now at the @metbreuer. ⁣#MrinaliniMukherjee #MetBreuer #MetModern

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🕶💋🚿🎩🥩 How many emoji can you spot in “Camp: Notes on Fashion”? #WorldEmojiDay #MetCamp

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Fifty years ago today, #Apollo11 launched on a mission to send three @NASA astronauts to the #moon. Today, in celebration of our exhibition “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography,” we’re launching an ask to you! 🌙 🚀 📝 ⁣⁣ ⁣ Do you have a cool moon landing story? As we gear up for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this Saturday, July 20, we want to hear from you! Where were you (or your parents, or family, or friends!) on July 20, 1969, for the Apollo 11 moon landing? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 👇 Share your name, age, location, and moon landing story with us in the comments below or DM us—and we might share it in our Instagram Story this Saturday on the 50th anniversary! Submit your story by noon EST on Friday, July 19. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸 United Press International (American). Apollo 11 Blast-Off , Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 1969. Gelatin silver print. #TheMet

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Summer is here and so is festival season! Here, Hindu god Krishna plays the flute in the center of a whimsical celebration known as the Raslila. 🎶 He has replicated himself to dance with each of the gopis (female cowherds) circling around him. On a night that is said to last a billion years, the gods Indra, Brahma, and Shiva shower the crowd with tiny red and white flowers.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ See it on view in “Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India,” but hurry! The exhibition closes this Sunday, July 21. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎨 Krishna Dances in the Raslila with the Gopis (Female Cowherds). India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Basohli, ca. 1750. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. On view in Gallery 251. #TheMet

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Lounging with Sappho for today's #MetSketch Sunday from @ramblingsketcher. ✏️ Share your sketches at The Met with the hashtag #MetSketch for a chance to be featured here! ⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Count Prosper d'Epinay (Mauritius-born French, 1836–1914). Sappho, ca. 1895. On view in Gallery 548. #TheMet

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Happy birthday, Gustav Klimt! 🌸 By her own account, nine-year-old Mäda Primavesi was willful and a tomboy—claims we needn't question given her confident pose here. Klimt made numerous preliminary sketches for this portrait, experimenting with different poses, outfits, and backgrounds before deciding to show Mäda standing tall in a specially made dress amid a profusion of springlike patterns. The picture testifies to the sophisticated taste of her parents, banker and industrialist Otto Primavesi and his wife Eugenia, who were ardent supporters of progressive Viennese art and design. ⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Mäda Primavesi (1903–2000), 1912–13. Oil on canvas. On view in Gallery 829. #TheMet https://met.org/2XXga3g

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On #Caturday, a trip to the Egyptian collection, of course. 🐈 The cat was the sacred animal of the great and benevolent goddess Bastet. In her honor, mummified cats, sometimes in wooden or bronze containers like this one, were donated at her temples. ⁣(No mummy inside this one!)⁣ ⁣⁣ This sleek cat was no ordinary feline—its erect, dignified pose, along with alert eyes and graceful legs, convey a sense of controlled power. 🔎 Zoom in to see its pierced right ear, which once held a gold ring (now lost), and its incised necklace featuring a wedjat-eye pendant.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎨 Cat statuette intended to contain a mummified cat, 332–30 B.C. Ptolemaic Period. Leaded bronze. On view in Gallery 134. #TheMet

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Somewhere between the moon and New York City 🌙 🔭 🌃 Thanks for joining us for moon gazing on the roof tonight with @aaadotorg. Explore more lunar imagery at “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography,” on view through September 22. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 #CantorRoofGarden

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Tomorrow at The Met, go moon gazing on the roof! 🌙 🔭 Join us for gallery conversations with curators in "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography"—then head up to the #CantorRoofGarden to see "Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot" and observe the moon firsthand with antique telescopes! Both programs are free with Museum admission. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 ⁣#MetFridays ⁣⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @Celestronuniverse for making these programs possible.

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Happy #HumpDay from two dignified camels in the @metdrawingsandprints collection. 🐪 🐪 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ✒️ Stefano della Bella (Italian, 1610–1664). Two Facing Camel Heads with Bodies Terminating in Ornament, ca. 1653. Etching. #TheMet

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Today's #MetCameo comes from comedian @catccohen: ⁣ ⁣ “I simply j’adore this painting. Aptly titled ‘Repose,’ it reflects an effortless luxury that I long to capture in my daily life. How I wish I could spend all day laid out elegantly on a chaise, looking gently disgruntled, but alas I am a modern woman with tweets to tweet and $17 salads to eat. I famously had a boyfriend once tell me I had a butt like “an old painting” so I feel particularly kindred to this woman and all her glorious softness. Side note—if anyone knows where I can locate this gown please reach out to my assistant (my assistant is me in a wig) hoping to toss it on and become my own damn muse!!! Ok I’m literally a hero xoxo.” #TheMet ⁣ ⁣ 🎨 John White Alexander (American, 1856–1915). Repose, 1895. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. On view in Gallery 768.

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Leonardo’s Saint Jerome has arrived at The Met. ✨⁣ ⁣ In honor of the 500th anniversary of #LeonardodaVinci’s death, join us to see “Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness,” on loan from the Vatican Museums. Leonardo’s unfinished masterpiece provides viewers an extraordinary glimpse into his creative process—and even of his fingerprints. ⁣ ⁣ The painting goes on view to the public next Monday, July 15. 👉 Want to see it sooner? Become a Member to view the painting this week. Learn more from @metmembers. #Leonardo500 #TheMet

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Happy birthday, Ringo Starr! 🥁 In post-war Britain, American-made instruments were rare and highly sought after. Seeking his first American drum set, Ringo purchased this Ludwig kit in “black oyster pearl” finish from London’s Drum City music store in 1963. The shop’s owner Ivor Arbiter designed #TheBeatles “drop-T” logo on the bass drum head so Ringo could keep the Ludwig logo. This drum head was the one he used for the Beatles’ famed Ed Sullivan Show appearances in February 1964. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ See it in "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll," on view through October 1. #MetRockandRoll⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸The Ludwig Drum Company. Ludwig Downbeat four-piece drum set with cymbals, 1963. Mahogany, poplar, metal, rubber, felt, plastic. #TheMet #RingoStarr

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Before 👉 After⁣ ⁣ Because hardly any women artists had access to nude models, a number of them became still life specialists—including Margareta Haverman, whose magnificent arrangement of flowers and fruit in "A Vase of Flowers" features innovative pigments such as Prussian blue. ⁣🌸🍇🍐🌺 ⁣ But after three centuries of light exposure, the organic yellow lake pigment has faded, resulting in a blue appearance of the leaves. Tap the link in bio to discover how a team of conservators and curators brought it (digitally) back to life. ⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Margareta Haverman (Dutch, 1693–1722). A Vase of Flowers, 1716. Oil on wood. On view in "In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met" in Gallery 964. #MetDutchMasterpieces

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A bit of sunshine in the Great Hall to get this summer weekend started. 🌻 #Friyay

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Ooooo, ahhhh. 🎆 Happy #FourthofJuly from The Met! ⁣ ⁣ 📸 Currier & Ives (American, active 1857–1907). The Grand Display of Fireworks and Illuminations at the Opening of the Great Suspension Bridge between New York and Brooklyn on the Evening of May 24, 1883. Color lithograph. ⁣ ⁣ 📸 After Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910). Fire-Works on the Night of the Fourth of July (Harper's Weekly, Vol. XII), July 11, 1868. Wood engraving. #TheMet #Fireworks #July4th #independenceday

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Happy 4th of July! 🧨 Join us at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters—open all day today and this weekend. #FourthofJuly ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸 Edward Penfield (American, 1866–1925). Harper and Brothers, Publishers. July 1894. Lithograph. #TheMet #IndependenceDay

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Now on view! 🌑✨ Marvel at the moon and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at our new exhibition "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography." #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 ⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸 Crater Aristarchus. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1967. Gelatin silver print. Randy and Yulia G. Liebermann Lunar and Planetary Exploration Collection. #TheMet

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The Hawai’ian term for the crescent shape, hoaka, applies to a few concepts: the arc of a rainbow, the raised crest of a helmet, and, significantly, brightness and radiance. ☀️🌈⚡ Its reference to glittering daylight or a flash of lightning evokes the very sources of divine power. Wearing a boldly designed, crescent­ shaped feather cape in the ritually significant colors of red and yellow was a strategic way for a chief to reinforce his embodiment as a divine being.⁣ ⁣See these feather capes in "Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia," on view through October 27. ⁣ ⁣ 📸 (Top) Feather cape ('ahu 'ula). Hawai'i. 19th century or earlier. Gordon Sze. (Bottom) Feather cape. Hawai'i. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University Museum Purchase, Huntington Frothingham Wolcott Fund, 1911.

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Opening tomorrow! 🏺 🎶 This summer at the @metbreuer, experience "Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra"—the first sound-based installation commissioned by #TheMet. Using microphones and speakers, artist #OliverBeer amplifies and shapes the tones of 32 sculptures, containers, and decorative objects from the Museum's collection, transforming each vessel into a musical instrument. During Museum hours, hear pre-programmed compositions written by Beer. On Friday evenings, join us for intimate concerts by guest musicians "playing" the vessels—starting this Friday, July 5, 6:30–8:30 pm. See you then! #VesselOrchestra

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✨ A celestial dancer to grace your weekend feed with this week's #MetSketch Sunday from @kalinkaserafim. ✍️ Share your sketches of The Met using the hashtag #MetSketch!⁣ ⁣ See this mid-11th century celestial dancer from Central India on view in Gallery 241. #TheMet

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A very happy #Pride from The Met to all those marching in NYC today! #WorldPrideNYC

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Today's #MetCameo comes from Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration at The Met, who shares Lorenzo Lotto's "Venus and Cupid":⁣ ⁣ “I love the humor, the beauty of the details, and the sense of being invited deep into Renaissance culture. This is an unusual and extraordinary painting by Lorenzo Lotto, an unusual and extraordinary Renaissance artist. Here he shows us Cupid arriving at his mother Venus’s bower, urging her to come and participate at a wedding—the visual equivalent of a marriage poem. Lotto doesn’t skip any of the possible details, including that of Cupid peeing through a wreath—a Renaissance symbol of fertility.”⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Lorenzo Lotto (Italian, ca. 1480–1556). Venus and Cupid, 1520s. Oil on canvas. On view in Gallery 638. #TheMet

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🕯️ Life imitates art in @anntalleyparry's #MetMoment with Georges de La Tour's ca. 1640 painting "The Penitent Magdalen," on view in Gallery 634. ⁣ ⁣ Share your pics of #TheMet using the hashtag #MetMoment for a chance to be featured here!

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Jerry Garcia’s famed “Wolf” guitar took a brief break from The Met’s “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” exhibition…to make a surprise appearance at last night’s @DeadandCompany concert! John Mayer rocked out with “Wolf,” Garcia’s main guitar with the #GratefulDead from 1973 until 1979, during a period when he was expanding his “astral” country and blues sound. The guitar will be back on view at The Met tomorrow, June 25. 📷 by @jayblakesberg. #MetRockandRoll

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Some say #NationalPinkDay, some say #NationalFlamingoDay, we just say Camp! 🌸 #MetCamp

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One foot peeking out in today's #MetSketch Sunday from @melissamora. ✍️ Share your sketches of #TheMet using the hashtag #MetSketch!

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Beowulf comes to life at @themetcloisters! Join us next Friday, June 28, for a performative rock-noir reimagining of the famous epic and explore the intricacies of mankind's relationship with power and violence. Staged in the Fuentidueña Chapel, "The Ninth Hour: The Beowulf Story" is a classic story of glory and ruin—as told through triumphant pop anthems, heart-wrenching lullabies, heroes, and monsters. ⁣ ⁣ Performances at 6 pm and 8 pm. Book your tickets at the link in bio. ⁣ ⁣ Image: Photo by Ross Collab