Posts Tagged ‘Charles_Willson_Peale’

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Paintings within Paintings

How do artists depict art? It’s a fascinating question, and in today’s post I’d like to consider a few examples of paintings within paintings in American Stories. How are the figures depicted in relation to works of art, and how do the depicted works themselves function within the overall narratives? There are many examples in the exhibition’s more than one hundred iconic paintings, but let’s start with depictions of art in museums: Read more »

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Old Friends in a New Light

American Stories features 103 outstanding paintings, including twenty-five canvases from the Met’s own collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. It is especially exciting for us to be able to show these works while the American Wing’s paintings and sculpture galleries are closed for renovation. (These galleries are scheduled to reopen in 2011. Learn more about the renovation of the American Wing and the newly reopened Charles Engelhard Court and period rooms.) We’re also thrilled to include seventy-eight paintings from fifty-three public and private lenders, which, together with our own works, offer visitors an unusually thorough overview of the development of American narrative painting from about 1765 to about 1915. Read more »