Ingres, Princesse de Broglie (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 20)

Tucked away in the triangular Lehman Wing, at the far west side of the Metropolitan Museum, is one of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s most stunning portraits. Its subject is wealthy, aristocratic beauty Joséphine-Éléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn (1825-1860), Princesse de … Continue reading

Clodion’s Balloon Monument (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 19)

Even in an era when scientific discoveries were being made with astonishing rapidity, man’s first piloted flight in 1783 ranked as an awe-inspiring event. The Montgolfier brothers began experimenting with balloon flight in southeast France during the summer of 1782. … Continue reading

Bernini’s Faun Teased by Children (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 18)

Excerpted and adapted from Innovators in Sculpture. Faun Teased by Children is a technical tour de force by 18-year-old Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), whose career spanned seven decades. I’m a sucker for virtuosity; and besides, this makes me laugh. Michelangelo’s figures (Moses … Continue reading