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.