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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
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.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
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.
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Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
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Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this instrument?
It is called a "piano-harp."
The keyboard is just like a piano keyboard, and the pressure of the keys activates hammers with small hooked tips that pop up and pluck the strings of the harp section. It's lighter than a piano and it could more easily be moved around the room.
However, they were only made for a short period in the 1800s, apparently the piano-harp trend didn't really catch on!
Designs were painted on vessels before firing. Most Nasca ceramic works were done by hand through building up coil walls, then smoothing, and sometimes applying a thin coat of soft clay slip to create a smooth surface for painting. Vessel surfaces were smooth and shiny as a result of the careful burnishing (a way of polishing by rubbing) in the late stages of drying.
A common motif in Nasca art is the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being, or “masked god”, interpreted by scholars as a symbolic representation of deities residing in nature, The multicolored peppers symbolize the importance of crops, abundance and fertility as shown on body of the vessels. 
What is the most important object in this room?
It was a very advanced and artistic style for the time.
Every item there is very special but one of the most intriguing ones is the bar that is concealed in the corner of the room.
It had to be hidden because the United States was under Prohibition from 1919-1933, and the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal.
How can you tell this represents a nobleman?
With this figure, as with all representations in the Egyptian collection, Egyptologists look closely at the hair, the clothing and other clues for an understanding of the subject. Can you see the detailed lines on the cloth on his body? Those represent fine pleats, and the wig he is wearing is clearly of very fine, detailed braids as well, with the lovely band at the top. These details give clues to his social status. In addition, only the wealthiest in Egyptian society could afford such detailed work for their tombs .
Did mirrors in Ancient Egypt have a more reflective surface than this? Was there a layer that went on top?
That's a great question. There would not have been another layer actually, it would just have been hammered and then buffed and buffed until the surface became reflective.
We were out of the country and just saw one of Boldini's paintings at the Vanderbilt mansion. Are there more in the museum's collection?
Yes, we do. A portrait of Whistler, it is on this same floor close to the elevators.
Oh. I think I know that one. I love that painting. 
Personally, I love Boldini's work and how his brushstrokes fan out at the edges.
There is always something about his portraits that make me want to gasp. This is my favorite.
It was also recently reinstalled (it was hanging on a staff floor for a time).
My lucky night! He looks so mischievous.
He does! The shape of the eyebrows really add to that sense.  I love the brushwork on the back of the chair, and that splash of light on the seat of the chair.
Was workers returning from the fields a common theme?
In Europe, painters began to depict the lives of peasants, including their work in the fields, during the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries), when humanist philosophy encouraged an interest in secular (rather than sacred) subjects. These were usually idealized images made for wealthy patrons. More realistic portrayals, showing the difficult labor and rough qualities of peasants, were common by the mid- to late-19th century. An informal group of artists in France known as the Barbizon School initiated the trend in the 1840s. The author of this picture, Jules Breton, was an academically trained painter who did not embrace the broad, rough, and loose style of the Barbizon School but did take up their typical subjects---the countryside and peasant life. However, this work is an idealized view of peasant labor. The landscape is glowing with the setting sun and the female workers are very clean beautiful rather than dirty or exhausted from their long day of labor in the fields.
Is this relief Nefertiti? The features seem very masculine.
It is Nefertiti! This is a great question because during the Amarna Period (the room that you're in features all art from this period) the standards of Egyptian art were drastically different than any other period. If you spend some time in this room looking at details and features--like this masculine-looking queen--and then explore the other Egyptian art rooms, you will see the Amarna Period art breaks from traditions in many ways.
What is papyrus?
Papyrus is a tall, reed-like, fresh-water plant that grows along the banks of the Nile River. It was of tremendous importance for the ancient Egyptian civilization, serving many uses. The most significant use was as a raw material for the production of paper (as early as 3100 BCE). There are a number of examples of it in our galleries. The Book of the Dead is one--it's an amazing object.
Yes, the family of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief William T. Cranmer of the ‘Namgis clan (Alert Bay, Canada) hold the rights to wear this type of mask. Initiated members of the clan may be given the rights to perform it during a Winter Dance or potlatch ceremony. The performer wears the mask over his or her head while the rest of the body is covered by long strips of cedar bark. He or she dances around a ceremonial fire and at a dramatic moment opens and shuts the beak of the mask by manipulating cords, thus revealing a human form within.
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.