The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James Ballgowns – Evolution of The Ball in Society

Charles James Ballgowns – Evolution of The Ball in Society

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Charles James designed dresses for ‘The Ball, a grand glittering social occasion enjoyed for centuries in cities of Europe, England & America, and now the world

Snuff Bottles 1030

Chinese Snuff Containers – Collections Not to Be Sneezed At

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For a long time snuff was taken from containers by the wealthy and elite in Europe in salons in which polite conversation was punctuated by a sound of sneezing

Mechanical-Table

The Roentgen Family Cabinetmakers – Neoclassical Furniture

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The German Roentgen family cabinetmaking firm in operation c1740-1795 produced some of the most outstanding furniture of their age in the neoclassical style

Gian Lorenzo Bernini Terracotta Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain ca. 1649–50 on loan Galleria dell’Accademia di San Luca, Rome photo by Zeno Colantoni, Rome courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sculpting in Clay before Marble

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At Rome Bernini displayed unparalleled virtuosity taking his ideas for three dimensional sculpture to reality producing art at the pinnacle of what was possible

Plain or Fancy, Restraint & Exuberance – What Do You Prefer?

Plain or Fancy, Restraint & Exuberance – What Do You Prefer?

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Plain or Fancy a show on view until August 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites visitors to consider their preferences associated with these two words

Matisse: In Search of True Painting – At The Met New York

Matisse: In Search of True Painting – At The Met New York

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A major artist of 20th century Henri Matisse observed ’art has its value it is a search after truth and truth is all that counts’ His show is at The Met NY soon

Brooke Astor 'At Home' in her library, designed by Albert Hadley

Brooke Astor – Bedazzling NY Philanthropy on a Grand Scale

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The Estate of Brooke Astor 778 Park Avenue NY achieved $18, 828,109.00 at Sotheby’s as buyers selected from her eclectic collection of fine and decorative arts

The Met New York  – Exploring Pictorial & Garden Arts, China

The Met New York – Exploring Pictorial & Garden Arts, China

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Walking through a Chinese Garden, enjoying its visual delights on a day when the sun is shining is an empowering experience generating a warmth that will endure for a thousand springtimes.