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A Farewell to Renaissance Portraits

Emily Perreault, 2011–12 Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012

«Now that the Renaissance Portrait exhibition, which has been the subject of our blog since its January launch, has closed, the Teen Advisory Group will shift its focus to a different area of the collection: the American Wing.» The Museum has just completely renovated the American Paintings and Sculpture Galleries, and the teens will be exploring and blogging about them over the next several months. Next week, TAG Member Audrey will introduce you to the new galleries and share the works of art that we will focus on.

The teens are also helping to prepare for our next big event, an American Wing Murder Mystery on April 20. It will be like the game Clue, but better. You won't want to miss it!

In January, we held a Renaissance-themed teen night. Teens talked about identity and dress in the Renaissance, made contemporary portrait medals, and toured the Renaissance Portrait exhibition. There was even a photo booth where teens could dress up in Renaissance costume and get their pictures taken. If you missed the exhibition, do not worry; all of the portraits the teens blogged about are part of the Met's permanent collection. Check out photos of the event below, and make sure to return next week to hear what Audrey thinks about our move to the American Wing.

Teen participants walking to see the exhibition

Teen participants walking to see the exhibition. Photograph by Don Pollard.

Teens exploring the exhibition

Left: TAG Member Ethan leads a conversation about the marble bust of Filippo Strozzi. Right: Teens look closely at a case of court portrait medals. Photographs by Don Pollard.

Our teen participants chose collage materials to design their own contemporary medals.

Left: Time to make art! Our teen participants chose collage materials to design their own contemporary medals. Photograph by Don Pollard. Right: Examples of contemporary medals created during the program. Photograph by Emily Perreault.

One of the Renaissance-inspired portraits taken at the event

One of the Renaissance-inspired portraits taken at the event. Photograph by Bruce Schwarz.

Department(s): European Paintings

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Emily Perreault was the 2011–12 Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow in the departments of Education and European Paintings.

About this Blog

This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.