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When you visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can use our app to ask us questions or chat about the artwork you see.

You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Explore our permanent collection or a special exhibition on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced Museum Guides, or on your own with a self-guided group tour. These tours are for adult groups with at least 10 people, last about one hour, and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Parking
Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey:

George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island:

Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is a lithograph?
A lithograph is a type of printmaking process that uses a slab of limestone that is treated with acid or "etched: to make certain areas repel and attract oil based inks.
You may have heard of "offset lithography" which is used to print large volumes of texts. Many artists however have adopted this printmaking technique for its unique line quality and the ability to make multiple identical prints fairly easily.
Where is this from?
It is said to come from Thebes. This an Egyptian amulet of the god Bes from the New Kingdom Period. A god of protection for women and infants, he would have been worn by a woman who was pregnant or giving birth.
When is the New Kingdom period?
The New Kingdom is considered 1550–1070 B.C. and thought to be the "Third Great Era" of Egyptian culture. At this time Egypt pushed their control into Nubia and the Near East. As a result, the New Kingdom pharaohs commanded unimaginable wealth, it was an amazingly prosperous time and amazing example of art come from this time.
Is this a Thomas Eakins painting?
Yes! Thomas Eakins was a very important figure in American art of the late 1800s and early years of the 1900s. He was a "realist" in that he strongly believed in showing present-day life and ordinary people in everyday occupations.
Here he shows one of his artistic predecessors, the Philadelphia sculptor William Rush, hard at work in his studio making a public sculpture for Philadelphia. Eakins taught all his students to work directly from the full nude and to study anatomy with an almost scientific eye. Female art students were often prohibited from studying from live male models (due to Victorian propriety), and he fought that convention in his own teaching.
Why do Egyptian women wear wigs? Did they always wear them? Is this because they think human hair is not clean? Do they still wear wigs in Egypt? Thanks!
Hair dressing was a very formal and ritualized process for both men and women in Egypt. Wigs were worn instead of natural hair by many people who may have also had different wigs for different occasions. The shaving of the head had a lot to do with preventing lice and flea infestations. I'm sure some modern Egyptians wear wigs too, but they're probably not like the ancient ones.
What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were made by Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
That piece is so stunning in that dark, dark space. The maker of this piece, Cornelius & Baker, was a leading manufacturer of metal lighting in the US and exhibited a pair of 15-foot tall candelabra in London in 1851. The top section of the candelabrum can be removed and replaced with a glass bowl to hold flowers.
Are the large bronze vases by Carl Milles? How did they come to be here?
Yes, they are by Carl Milles, what a good eye! They were actually purchased from the artist's estate by the Brooklyn Museum.
Is Carl Milles a favorite artist of yours? I'm always impressed when people can name an artist - especially looking at something so far away!
There are a pair of his urns at my husband's school, Cranbrook, in Michigan. They made quite an impression on us!
Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm glad you found more here, as well. We also have a sculpture by Milles, 'Europa and the Bull,' now on view in the Beaux-Arts Court on the 3rd floor. Milles created many works for gardens especially those in his native Sweden.  His work was often inspired by classical sculpture following his long sojourn in Italy.  Here the swimming figures, fish and sea animals suggest that these vases might have been created for garden by the water.
That's at Cranbrook, too! He was artist in residence there at the same time Sarinen did the architecture.
Very interesting, I had no idea!
From what building or public space are the Art Deco horses in the courtyard?
Those all came to us from Coney Island! They were on the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, part of the New York City Fire Department. I should also mention that some of those benches are also originally from Coney Island, right here in Brooklyn.       
I'm from Brooklyn. I remember that there were artifacts from Steeplechase here 45 years ago. I'm very excited about the Coney Island exhibit! I'm also glad the Museum is preserving architectural elements of Brooklyn.
Who were the Schencks?
The Schencks were a Dutch family that settled in Breuckelen (later, Brooklyn) in 1650. Jan Martense Schenck was 10 when his family arrived. He went on to have a large family, a mill, a farm, a house and land in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. He passed on part of his good fortunes to his son, Stephen, in the form of a patch of land in Canarsie which then became the site of the Nicholas Schenck House (located around the corner in the galleries from the Jan Martense Schenck House.)
Thanks, I was sort of testing the app. I'm a descendent of Roelof Schenck, Jan Martense's brother.
Wow, so glad you're here and testing the app! I'm actually the Decorative Arts specialist on the team so I spent a lot of time studying both Schenck houses. It feels so special to get to speak to a member of the family.
It's a really special treat to see the houses, especially since my daughter is with us. Thank you for your great care with the exhibit.
That's so wonderful, I'm glad to hear you are happy with the preservation and exhibition of your family history!
Wow!
This work is actually the one that inspired the curator to do a show on Coney Island! What do you think of it?
I like it! It's like a carnival kaleidoscope.
I love the way you just described it, yes! There is so much going on, you may have read this in the label but the artist, Joseph Stella, visualized the park's nickname as the Electric Eden as Coney Island was always lit up with lights!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.