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Walking Tour: Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe

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Between 1550 and 1750, royal families in Europe acquired through lavish spending and displayed vast collections of valuable objects as an expression of power. Many princes also believed that the possession of artistic and technological innovations conveyed status, and these objects were often prominently showcased in elaborate court entertainments, characteristic of the period. Making Marvels (November 25, 2019 through March 1, 2020) will explore the complex ways in which the wondrous items collected by early modern European princes, and the contexts in which they were displayed, expressed these rulers' ability to govern. This exhibit features approximately 170 objects — including clocks, automata, furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, print media, and more — from the Met collection and over fifty lenders worldwide. Visitors will discover marvelous innovations that engaged and delighted the senses of the past, much like twenty-first-century technology holds our attention today — through suspense, surprise, and dramatic transformations.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Page Knox 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/13/2019 - 12/13/2019 Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art  Map Page Knox