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Did you respond to our #MetPopQuiz? Earlier today, we asked you to identify a detail of one of our galleries. If you said that the detail was of The Astor Chinese Garden Court...you’re right! ⁣

Modeled on a 17th-century courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou, the court was entirely constructed using traditional tools and techniques. An 18th-century imperial kiln was reopened to fire the ceramic tiles; rare nan wood was hand-planed into columns; specimen Taihu rocks were used for the rockeries; and a granite terrace was hand chiseled from a Suzhou quarry.⁣

The #AstorCourt was inspired by Brooke Russell Astor, who spent part of her childhood in China, The Astor Court and its adjoining reception room opened to the public in 1981, a gift of the Vincent Astor Foundation.

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#MetPopQuiz! Do you know where in the Museum you would find this window and foliage? Let us know in the comments! Check back later today when we will be sharing the answer and a full view of the gallery. (Need a hint? A team of twenty-six craftsmen spent six months in New York assembling this space from hand-crafted elements of wood, ceramic, and stone.)

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The flat terrain of the Netherlands provided the unlikely inspiration for the birth of independent landscape painting in Europe. Many 17th-century Dutch painters embraced the broad vistas and dramatic skies of their native land, transforming ordinary fields and harbors into meditations on the relationship between people and their environment. Get lost in the landscapes currently on view in the exhibition “In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met.” #MetDutchMasterpieces #DutchMasterpieces #TheMet #JacobvanRuisdael
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Artwork: Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/29–1682). Wheat Fields, ca. 1670. Oil on canvas.

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Happy birthday to Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. 🚀 Neil Armstrong’s photo of Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon in 1969 will be among the works on display in “Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography,” opening July 2. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the exhibition will survey visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. #MetApollosMuse #Apollo50 #BuzzAldrin
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Image: Neil Armstrong (American, 1930—2012). National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “Astronaut Edward E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. Walks on the Surface of the Moon, Apollo 11,” 1969. Dye transfer print.

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📷 Today’s #MetMoment pick is @drfentanes’ photo of the Grand Staircase in the Great Hall. Can you name the artist who painted “The Triumph of Marius,” displayed at the top of the stairs in Gallery 600?

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Hear from today’s most exciting and inspiring architects, artists, photographers, writers, and filmmakers at “In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day.” Join us today from 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. for this symposium presenting the best spatial projects of 2018 and beyond. This program is free with Museum admission; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. ⁣

Can’t make it today? Visit The Met’s Facebook to watch a live stream of the symposium. ⁣

This program is made possible by Aesop (@aesopskincare). The media sponsor is @dezeen.⁣

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer free admission to all federal employees and one guest each for the duration of the federal government shutdown. Visitors may redeem admission by presenting a federal government ID at any of the three locations (The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters). The offer begins tomorrow, Saturday, January 19.

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❄ Did you know that the first known photograph of a single snowflake was captured by Wilson Alwyn Bentley in 1885? A self-educated farmer from Vermont, Bentley was a pioneer in the field of photomicrography and used a microscope fitted to a bellows camera to photograph snowflakes. For over half a century, he pursued his obsession with the unique forms of snow crystals, cataloguing the endless variations on a basic hexagonal structure. @metphotographs#WilsonAlwynBentley #snowcrystal
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Image: Wilson Alwyn Bentley (American, 1865–1931). [Snow Crystal], 1890s–1920s. Gelatin silver print.

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Prepare to be mesmerized by Julio Le Parc’s never-before-seen gouaches from 1959 when you visit The @MetBreuer. Born in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1928, Le Parc studied under Lucio Fontana during the 1940s and engaged with abstract avant-garde movements in Buenos Aires. In 1958, Le Parc moved to Paris, where his encounter with Op artists, such as Victor Vasarely, had an important influence on his art. The series of gouaches Le Parc started that year—intimate yet methodical studies of form and color—illuminates his interest in developing geometric abstraction by incorporating movement through variations, sequences, and progressions. The exhibition is on view through February 24, 2019. #MetJulioLeParc #JulioLeParc #MetBreuer #MetModern
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Artwork: Julio Le Parc, (Argentine, born 1928). Rotation in Red and Black, 1959. Gouache on cardboard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of Julio Le Parc. © Julio Le Parc

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This spectacular medieval sculpture of a Celestial Dancer from Central India graphically conveys the wealth of ornamentation used to enhance the efficacy of Hindu deities. The body is richly embellished with a full repertoire of jewelry, including a diadem, ear ornaments, jasmine-bud necklace and belt, bands for the upper arm, and pendant necklaces. You can see this sculpture alongside paintings, prints, photographs, and a selection of dazzling jewelry spanning time and place in “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” on view through February 24. #MetJewelry
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Artwork: Celestial dancer (Devata) | Central India, Madhya Pradesh | Chandela period, mid-11th century

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Happy #MuseumSelfie Day! Enjoy this “selfie” of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ “Victory” in Gallery 771. Share photos of yourself at The Met with us by tagging @metmuseum.

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Susan Sontag was born #onthisday in 1933. This photo of the influential novelist, essayist, and critic was taken by Peter Hujar. Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” will provide the framework for @MetCostumeInstitute’s upcoming exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” opening May 9. ⁣
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Image: Susan Sontag, Peter Hujar (American, 1934–1987), 1975; Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2006. ©The Peter Hujar Archive, L.L.C. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp

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