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Behind the Scenes: The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012

TAG members with Andrea Bayer (far right), one of the curators of the exhibition

«The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so much more than just paintings, sculptures, medals, and drawings. The layout and gorgeous lighting highlight an exhibition that combines art and history with a study of society, location, and symbolism.» The Teen Advisory Group was given the unique opportunity to see the exhibition with Curator Andrea Bayer before it opened to the public. We saw the immense amount of work that has gone into each portrait and that every detail has a purpose.

Each of the portraits tells a story. Even if portraits aren't your thing, you can't help but wonder who these people were and why their portraits are in the Museum hundreds of years after their death. This exhibition is more than a collection of works of art; it's a collection of stories, and each story unlocks information about people who lived during the Renaissance.

Left: Andrea Bayer asks the TAG members to compare a terracotta model with a marble bust of Filippo Strozzi by Benedetto da Maiano. Right: TAG members look closely at a portrait of Giuliano de' Medici that was likely painted after his murder during the Pazzi Conspiracy in 1478.

Two of our TAG members, DeAndre and Ethan, interviewed Andrea Bayer after our sneak peek of the show. Watch the interview and hear why she thinks teenagers should come see the exhibition:

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Read the transcript in Met Media.

The exhibition is now open to the public, so bring a friend and don't miss the chance to see these Renaissance people and their stories come to life before your eyes!

Related Link
Teen Pass for High School Students (Ages 15–18) (PDF): Enjoy free Museum admission when you present this pass and a valid high school ID at Museum admission desks.

Department(s): European Paintings
Tag(s): Renaissance

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Kristen is a member of the Museum's Teen Advisory Group.

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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.