Visiting The Met?

Masks are strongly recommended.

Read our visitor guidelines

Close Look

Detail of a medieval wooden architectural support with a Jester

The Paradox of the Fool

Unpack the peculiar ways the jester challenged the medieval social order

Cubist painting of a violin, sheet music, newspaper, wine bottle, and glasses in blue, black, tan, and white tones

The Visual Games of Juan Gris

How the artist’s unorthodox techniques fool and delight the eye

The God from the Black Water

Maya artists mined a rich body of mythological lore to visualize their gods in imaginative ways.

Iron distribution map of The Death of Socrates

The Death of Socrates: New Discoveries

Technical examination of Jacques Louis David’s masterpiece reveals that the refinements seen in the artist’s preparatory drawings didn’t end when he began painting—rather, they continued through all stages of its execution.

A painting of the philosopher Socrates speaking before a crowd

Prisons Real and Imagined

In Jacques Louis David’s The Death of Socrates (1787), a parable of principle on the eve of the French Revolution.

A painting of three women in a studio

Great Women Artists

Three painters radically reenvision the role of women artists around the time of the French Revolution.

A gold-leaf screen depicting a white cherry blossom

The Rinpa Experience of Nature

How painters in Edo-period Japan reinvigorated artistic traditions and idealized the past.

A painting of four figures inside an artist's studio

Inside the Studio

Decoding the symbolism of Kerry James Marshall’s 2014 painting Untitled (Studio).