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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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.

Why was this painting made? Did those two ladies request a portrait or were they royalty or something?
Those two women are sisters named Eleanor and Rosalba Peale. They were also the daughters of the artist who made this portrait, Rembrandt Peale. Notice the painter's palette in front of them! Peale had nine children, and several of them also became artists.
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."
How do you decide the height at which to mount a painting?
It depends upon a number of factors including the number of objects that the curators and designers would like to have displayed. As well as readability for the visitor (What is the line of sight for visitors? Or, is there glare? For example).
Have artists ever left notes as to how they wish their work to be displayed?
Some contemporary artists give very specific instructions on how artworks are to be displayed. It would be less common for artists on paintings from the early mid-20th century  for artists to leave those kinds of instruction.
How tall is this statue?
That piece is 216 inches tall, or, 18 feet.
What is the most important object in this room?
The most important object in that room is arguably the concealed bar in the corner. With etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Why do all these old portraits feature guys posing with their hands in their shirts?
The hand-in-waistcoat pose was very popular in 18th- and early 19th-century American and European portraits. This pose dates back to ancient Greece, when it was used by orators. In Washington's time, it was thought to combine leadership and quiet confidence, so etiquette books recommended it for gentlemen who wanted to appear calm and in control. The hand-in-coat gesture later became associated with Napoleon because he was often portrayed this way as well.
Why is this sculpture missing its hands?
That Bodhisattva is actually made of wood, which tends to break more easily than the sculptures made of bronze/stone so the hands were the most vulnerable/protruding pieces of that sculpture and were the most likely section to break. In this case, the hands were carved separately, then attached by pins.
This sculpture is very very old (from the 10th-11th century), so with time, wear, and potential accidents, the hands are now missing, but it is amazing that the facial features and those beautiful fabric folds have survived.
Question: where are the mummy bodies? I see the cases, but not the bodies.
There are currently four mummies in the galleries: Thothrides, Hor, Gautseshenu, and the Anonymous Man. We have some in storage and there are also examples of coffins/cartonnages that have been separated from their mummies before coming to the museum. 
Has Judy Chicago ever considered ending her discrimination against transgender women and women of color via their inclusion at the dinner table?
That’s a loaded question! Judy Chicago has said that the biographies she found for inclusion here were limited by language barriers and fragmented histories. Her intention was not to give us a definitive women's history but to begin the process of putting women back into the narrative.
Also, it’s important to remember that this work was completed in 1979, well before more nuanced conversations about topics like intersecting identities and transgender visibility took place. As a physical installation, it’s a static piece (i.e. changes can't be made it to it).
But you bring up an important conversation that should be happening, and thankfully the Sackler Center's special exhibitions continually try to fill that gap and engage in contemporary discussions about gender and identity. The curators strive for a wider definition of feminist art and also regularly bring living artists into conversation with the Dinner Party as a way to bring LBGTQI artists to the table (pun intended).
Who sculpted Mary?
That sculpture of Mary Madgalene is by Richard Greenough, an American sculptor of the 1800s. Greenough had a studio in Italy and he was very familiar with sculpture of the classical era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque.
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.