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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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.

How would these have been worn?
If you look closely at the back you will see the tapered tubes that stick out and these would have been inserted like earrings into holes in the ears that would have been made bigger by stretching (similar to 'gauged' ears now). The amazing thing about these is, if you look closely, even the long posts which would have been inserted in the ears and not necessarily seen, have elaborate intricate carving on them.
Tell me about this.
This is a scale model for a mural commissioned by Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas.
Biggers moved to Houston, Texas, in 1949 to found the university's art department. Some time after 1955, the university's president, African American scientist Samuel Nabril, asked the art faculty to create murals and sculpture for the campus's newly completed science building. (The new building would be named Nabril Hall in his honor.) Biggers considered Nabril's request one of the most encouraging experiences of his tenure at Texas Southern University.
Where was this on display in 1945?
The Brooklyn Museum acquired it in 1932 but took it off view in 1945, when it was probably put into storage. Just before it was taken down, however, it appeared in an exhibition at the Museum titled "European Paintings Selected from the Museum Collection" (November 9, 1944- January 1, 1945). The Museum did not prominently display the picture again until 2011 because in the intervening years it was believed to have been painted by a lesser-known artist. In 2011, it was finally attributed back to Dou by art historians which made it much more interesting and important to display once again.
Is this Christopher Columbus?
No, this is not Christopher Columbus, who was from the Italian city of Genoa. This man was a Florentine merchant, whose identity we do not know.
How is the hair attached to this?
That's real fur on both heads, the big skull and the smaller animal head and they would use a glue made from boiling animal sinews.
Who is this person?
The artist doesn't tell us the identities/names of these individuals. They are all citizens of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She seems to be an adult woman, maybe a mother, judging by the words at the top. She represents some of the challenges of life in a major city like Kinshasa.
Was Diego Rivera influenced by Dalí? Or the other way around? This reminds me of "Persistence of Memory."
We don't have any notes that suggest that either of the artists were influenced by each other in this work but I see what you mean about the bare and twisted tree branches. They're almost human-like in their forms. Dali and Rivera were definitely contemporaries, although I don't think they ever spent time together.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in that room is the concealed bar in the corner. It has etched glass walls that salute France and is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
Are these mushrooms?
These objects certainly are mushroomed-shaped but no, they are actually plugs to be worn in the ears. And the doughnut-shaped one is simply an earring.
Why are there scratch marks around the face?
This object was actually an artist's template and wasn't a final completed work. It was probably carved by one of the more accomplished artists and served as a model for other artists in the Amarna workshop.
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.