Articles in Category: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Rylands Haggadah: Medieval Jewish Art in Context

Written on July 31, 2012

Plague of Locusts & Plague of Darkness (ca.1330) Tempera, gold, ink on parchment: Rylands Haggadah Courtesy The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, England

The Rylands Haggadah, created in Catalonia Spain sometime around 1330, is a towering masterpiece of Jewish Art.  In addition to pages of piyutim surrounded by ornate decorative and figurative micrography, richly decorated Haggadah text and blessings, there is a 13 page miniature cycle depicting the Exodus story from Moses at the Burning Bush to the Crossing of the Red Sea.

Poussin’s Bible

Written on April 07, 2008

Winter (The Flood); Detail of Man Praying (1660) Oil on canvas by Nicolas Poussin Musee du Louvre, Paris, Departement des Peintures

Near the end of his long and productive life Nicolas Poussin was commissioned to paint in 1660 an unusual series of paintings called the “Four Seasons.”  They very quickly became some of the best known and beloved of his artworks; utilizing four scenes from the Hebrew Bible to depict the Ages of Man as the seasons of the year; Adam and Eve as Spring; Boaz and Ruth as Summer; The Spies with the Grapes of the Promised Land as Autumn and finally, The Flood as Winter.

Vermeer And The Jews
At The Metropolitan Museum

Written on April 02, 2001

The Courtyard of a House in Delft (1658) Oil on canvas by Pieter de Hooch The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Lent by The National Gallery, London

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), one of the great masters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, had nothing to do with the Jews. At least not directly. But I think that his work, shown here at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the historical context of the Delft School, actually has a considerable Jewish content that, once discovered, will be seen to be at the core of his creative process.

Esther Before Ahasuerus By Artemisia Gentileschi

Written on February 25, 2001

Esther Before Ahasuerus

Whether it is Purim or not, it’s always a good time to see Artemisia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artemisia Gentileschi is the artist who painted Esther before Ahasuerus. And who exactly is this Artemisia Gentileschi? Why, she is the most famous, and perhaps only, serious woman painter of 17th Century Italy.