In honor of a storied legacy of cultural enrichment for New Yorkers and international communities alike, the present Doodle praises the 151st Anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens—businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day—who needed to make a museum to carry art and art education to the American public.
On this day in 1870, the museum was formally incorporated and not long after obtained its first work-of art: a Roman sarcophagus.
The Met has come a significant long path from that first appearing to become New York’s biggest art museum, with a permanent collection of over 1.5 million objects, crossing more than a long time from essentially every side of the globe.
A sampling of the many works of art found at The Met today are portrayed in the present Doodle craftsmanship—including a Byzantine floor mosaic from 500-550 A.D., the armor of German Emperor Ferdinand I from the 16th century, an intricate traditional Lakota/Teton Sioux beaded dress, and the painting “Self-Portrait” by Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. from the 1940s.
Regardless of whether you’re a Met ordinary or planning your first trip to the Museum, make certain to visit a certain blue ceramic hippopotamus from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom nicknamed “William.” An informal mascot of The Met, he may before long turn into your favorite part of the collection.
Happy anniversary to The Met–and here’s to some more!