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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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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 spring 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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Saul Restaurant + Bar
We're delighted to welcome Brooklyn's acclaimed Saul restaurant and bar into the Museum, brought to you by Chef Saul Bolton. Saul offers lunch, brunch, dinner, and tasting menus, complemented by an impressive wine list. Children are welcome. For more information and reservations, call 718.501.6462 or visit Saul's website.

The Counter
Stop by The Counter café for a casual brunch or lunch, with fare overseen by Chef Bolton. We offer freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, sweets, and daily specials, which you can enjoy at the café or to go. The Counter also serves wine and local beer.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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
Stop by the BKM Café or BKM Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group. (Saul is temporarily closed to bring you an exciting new Brooklyn dining experience.)

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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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 (Saul is temporarily closed. Stop by our 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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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Here's what people are asking.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.

Does all Yakovlev's work feature the person not looking at audience?
No, he painted subjects in various ways all around the globe. He was an expedition painter and he also taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts art school.
Would children play with Kachina dolls or were they more ceremonial?
Actually Kachina dolls were used in both ways. During ceremonial dances, members of certain tribes (like the Zuni) carried kachina dolls. The dolls were presented to the little children in pueblos as ways to teach the children about specific Kachina spirit attributes, their dress, and their function. Childless women are also given Kachina dolls, in order to encourage childbirth!
Is the corn real or fake? And how old is this?
The corn kernels and corn cobs are real. There is a lot of ground corn meal mixed in, too. Behind that surface, the giant disc is fiberglass. 
The artist, Fernando Mastrangelo, appropriated one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 (so it looks old!), but filled the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products. He finished this work in 2008, and the Brooklyn Museum acquired it the next year.
What can you tell me about this painting?
The woman who is the subject of the painting, Madame Tallien, lived during the French Revolution and witnessed the new republic and empire of France. She is painted here in the style of dress that she helped make famous-the scandalous empire-waist.
Was that not typical in this era?
By the time the work was painted in 1806, it would have been a more typical style however, in the 1790s when it was first coming to fashion, it was considered scandalous.
Kees van dongen
Here, Kees van Dongen is working in the "Fauvist" style that was pioneered by Matisse and other artists working in France very early in the 20th century. He more frequently painted women.
Is there any story behind why he painted this man if he more frequently painted women?
Yes! The sitter was a dentist who developed some important reconstructive techniques to work with people who had been facially maimed in WWI.
This is a gorgeous war painting. Are there more such paintings by Russian artists?
Yes, but Vereshchagin was the leading battle painter and war correspondent in late 19th century Russia.
Are Russian paintings like this inspired by Van Gogh and other European artists?
Yes! Paintings by those artists were available in Ukraine through art journals.
Why is there no blood on the sword? There is a freshly severed head on the ground!
Yes, there a many beheading scenes in the history of art! Especially from this time period. I really love how different the executioner looks from the saints. The saints are painted much softer than he is.
He looks more weathered or rugged than the others?
Yes, I agree, I love how the painter is telling us about the characters through their facial features.
Do the other 18 in the series still exist?
Yes, in fact they are housed in public and private collections around the world.
The blues around the eyes are so unnatural!
Yes, it is unnatural and they are a striking contrast to the more realistic treatment of the setting and the rest of the figure.
Did only rich people get portraits?
Yes! Especially when the portraits were by well known artists.
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.