How to Read a Caption
A caption gives basic information about a work of art.
Titles appear in boldface.
Titles are usually followed by a date or date range.
The name and nationality of the artist/maker(s) of the work of art are given, if known.
Country or Culture of Origin
The country or culture of origin indicates the geographic area where the work of art was made or found and may be followed by a specific city or region.
Medium and Dimensions
The medium describes the material(s) that the work of art is made of. Dimensions of the work of art are given in inches and centimeters.
The credit line indicates how a work came into the permanent collection or how it came to be on view at the Metropolitan Museum. "Bequest," "gift," "purchase," and "loan" are some of the terms used to indicate sources. The assigned credit line remains with the work of art throughout its life at the Museum. The year of accession is given at the end of the credit line.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art assigns a unique accession number to each object it acquires. The first two or four digits of an accession number refer to the year that the object became part of the Metropolitan's collection. The Museum was founded in 1870 and for the first 100 years of its existence two digits were used. Thus, the first item accessioned into the Museum has the number 70.1 because it was accessioned in 1870.
Some works of art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries may have a copyright line beginning with the copyright symbol [©].
Descriptions of works of art are written by the curatorial staff.