Collections: Overview

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Standing Male Figure

The lumbering and quiet yet potentially aggressive pose of this protective figure is highlighted by its outsized hands, disquietingly angled...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.


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Exploring the collection

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The Brooklyn Museum Collection API consists of a set of methods that return structured data and links to images from our collections.

To perform an action using the API, you need to issue an HTTP request to this base URL:


The methods provided by the API take a range of parameters specific to their individual functions, but all methods rely on these three principal parameters:

method (Required)
Specifies what method to perform (e.g., "", "collection.getItem")
api_key (Required)
Your personal API Key.
format (Optional)
The response format. Valid formats are xml, json, html, cdwalite, dublincore. Default xml.

Method-specific parameters are documented on the method detail pages, which are listed on the API index page.


The following request returns all items that match keyword "eames":
?[YOUR API KEY]&keyword=eames

The response will look something like this:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<response status="success" xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="">
	<resultset total="26" start_index="0" results_limit="1" query="keyword=eames" next_uri=";keyword=eames&amp;start_index=0&amp;results_limit=1&amp;require_image=true&amp;image_results_limit=1&amp;sort_field=relevance&amp;api_key=f076e6e879865f4ab1f63e920606b02d1397886299&amp;version=1&amp;include_image_caption=false&amp;include_item_fields=true&amp;thumb_shape=original&amp;max_thumb_size=96&amp;max_image_size=384&amp;format=xml&amp;include_html_style_block=true&amp;start_index=1">
			<object id="1588" title="&quot;Pedestal&quot; Armchair and Seat Cushion" uri="" accession_number="78.128.7" object_date="Designed 1956; Manufactured ca. 1970" object_date_begin="1956" object_date_end="1970" medium="Plastic reinforced with fiberglass, wool" dimensions="32 x 25 1/2 x 23 in. (81.3 x 64.8 x 58.4 cm)" markings="Printed rectangular paper label afixed to seat interior, below cushion: Knoll International / 320 PARK Avenue / New york, NY 10022 (logo, capital &quot;K&quot; in a red circle)." signed="no signature" inscribed="no inscriptions" credit_line="Gift of Knoll International, Inc." classification="Furniture, Seating" description="White plastic reinforced with fiberglass molded into a tulip-shaped armchair with pedestal; seat cushion of latex foam rubber covered in red wool.  Slightly curved seat bottom rises to arm rests and (higher) seat back; top of back is slightly scooped then slopes down to arm rests.  Edges rolled over, extended further at sides to form arm rests.  The seat is supported by a tapered, attenuated cylinder that continues into a wide flat circular base.  Seat and base are two separately molded pieces attached with six bolts.  The C-shaped, detachable seat cushion is attached beneath by two velcro strips.

CONDITION: Very good. Nick to proper right edge of arm and to proper left edge of seat. See condition report in object file." label="Taking full advantage of pliable fiberglass, the &lt;i&gt;Pedestal &lt;/i&gt;armchair&amp;rsquo;s flowing lines create a unified design statement that has led to its being nicknamed the &amp;ldquo;Tulip&amp;rdquo; chair. It is the culmination of Saarinen&amp;rsquo;s experiments with molded shell forms, begun in 1940 in a collaboration with Charles Eames. The chair the two designed that year for The Museum of Modern Art&amp;rsquo;s &lt;i&gt;Organic Design in Home Furnishings&lt;/i&gt; exhibition won an award and set the stage for innovative mid-century furniture design.&lt;br /&gt;" location="Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor" collection="Decorative Arts" rightstype="creative_commons_by_nc" rank="0">
				<images total="4" results_limit="1">
					<image uri="" thumb_uri="" credit="Brooklyn Museum photograph" description="" is_color="true" rank="0"/>
					<artist uri="" id="3936" name="Eero Saarinen" dates="American, born Finland, 1910-1961" nationality="American" role="Designer"/>
					<artist uri="" id="14966" name="Knoll International, Inc." dates="" nationality="" role="Manufacturer"/>
					<geolocation name="New York, New York, United States" location_type="place manufactured" code="t:1173644"/>
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