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Friday, November 20, 2009

Last Chance! Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid Watteau, Music, and Theater Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom Close at Metropolitan Museum on Sunday, November 29

Last Chance!

Close at Metropolitan Museum on Sunday, November 29

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage from the Netherlands to New York, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has sent The Milkmaid, perhaps the most admired painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), to the Metropolitan Museum. The exhibition marks the first time that The Milkmaid has traveled to the U.S. since 1939, and also features all five paintings by Vermeer from the Metropolitan's collection and works by other Dutch masters.

The exhibition, in honor of the Metropolitan Museum's Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello, explores the place of music, theater, and opera-ballet in the work of the great early 18th-century French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). 

Roxy Paine's site-specific installation for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden is the largest sculpture to have been exhibited on the roof to date. Visitors can also enjoy the magnificent views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Through Sunday, November 29, 2009

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