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Exhibitions/ In Miniature

In Miniature

At The Met Fifth Avenue
August 29–December 28, 2014
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition comprises two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum's permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings are exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ.

Exhibition Objects

Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497/98–1543). Margaret More (1505–1544), Wife of William Roper, 1535–36. Vellum laid on playing card; Diameter 1 3/4 in. (45 mm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1950 (50.69.2)