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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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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Rest Rooms
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Wheelchairs
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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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Here's what people are asking.

Amazing! Do you know what year and where the piano was made?
I don't know about this one specifically however, the instrument-type was invented and patented by Johan Christian Dietz in 1814.
The instrument is lighter than a piano and could be easily moved around the room, perfect for the entertaining the Milligan family would do in their lovely parlor!
Does this painter have other paintings that don't have to do nature?
Like other Barbizon School painters, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña mostly painted landscape scenes of the Forest of  Fontainebleau outside of Paris, some of which he livened up with gypsy figures. However, he also painted works designed to respond to popular 19th-century taste—oriental, mythological, and historical genre scenes, nudes, flower paintings, and fêtes galantes. Although the two works we currently have up by Diaz de la Peña are landscapes of the type he's most celebrated for, we do have a few portraits and allegorical scenes by him in our collection. But, none of those are on view right now. You can see them on our website later if you are interested.
Could you tell me about the artist's background?
Certainly. Arnold Bocklin, was one of the most celebrated and influential artists in central Europe, particularly Germany and Switzerland, in the later 19th century (even though he spent a great deal of time in Italy). He mostly painted scenes from Classical Mythology but depicted them in really imaginative, idiosyncratic and often dark ways. He is associated with Symbolism, a late 19th-century movement in art and literature that rejected the rationalism and materialism of modern life and the realistic description of the natural world in favor of pure subjectivity and the expression of an idea through poetic language, symbolic images, and formal means like color and line. The femme-fatale, death, eroticism, the occult, the diseased and the decadent were popular subjects and themes.
What is the meaning of the small-scale human depicted in such an overwhelming landscape?
Many visitors and art historians have theorized that it may symbolize the vulnerability of humans and the awesomeness of nature. Although, this was originally intended to be a landscape with the myth of Pan chasing Syrinx Bocklin chose to omit those figures.
What is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, it is the concealed bar in the corner, which has the most interesting history. The small bar, with etched glass walls that salute France, is hidden in the corner in defiance of Prohibition, which forbade alcohol consumption in the United States from 1919 to 1933.
You are looking at the new KAWS sculpture in the lobby (I think you're standing in the ticketing line). While you're waiting, take a look over the entry-way to the gift shop, and you'll see a KAWS painting up there.
I think it looks beautiful and cool.
Awesome! Once you get your tickets definitely get close to it; the wood it is made of is called 'afromorsia' and it's even more beautiful up close.
Where did they get the afromorsia?
The sculpture was put together in the Netherlands but afrormosia grows mostly in Africa - Ghana and Nigeria being two places where that type of wood is sourced.
Why does this baby look so strong/big?
Excellent observation! By the mid-sixteenth century, when this was painted, European painters both south of the Alps and north of the Alps (including this unknown painter) were falling under the spell of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. Heroic male nudes in particular established a new ideal for male beauty during the Renaissance for both mythological and religious figures, including Christ. For this reason, the Christ child appears more like a miniature man than an actual baby in this picture.
I encourage you to walk along the wall and compare the many ways that these 14th-16th century artists depict the baby Jesus!
Why is that figure nude?
Well, you may have read this on the label already, but this is actually a biblical scene: Jacob wrestling with an angel. Angels are sometimes depicted without clothes, but I could see why you would see the artist's choice to show Jacob without clothing as interesting. Redon is known for his symbolist paintings, so the nudity may have a specific meaning for him--a return to nature, perhaps? An epic wrestling match where everything is exposed? There could be many reasons behind the nudity that are meaningful for the symbolists.
Is this ball the apple of Eden?
No, it is not, but I could see how you would make that observation! Other visitors have also interpreted it as a globe. It is actually an "imperial orb," a symbol of the cosmos or of the universe as a harmonious whole. (This is derived from the ancient Romans, who associated it with Jupiter and, hence, with the emperor as his earthly representative). Christians adapted the symbol by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. In many of these paintings of Christ or depictions of the infant Jesus, the orb is said to represent "worldly sovereignty" or "one nation under God." So Christ holding a ball is a way of symbolizing "Christ the King". Rulers/Kings are also sometimes depicted with such orbs (the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch).
Were dogs a popular pet back then?
Yes, dogs were as big back then as now. Many rich or royal families kept specially bred dogs as companions/pets or as valuable hunting dogs! The hunting dog here is a formal quotation from the many portraits of the Spanish royal family by Diego Velazquez, who also often depicted his subjects outdoors alongside hunting dogs. Goya, the portraitist here, was obsessed with Velazquez and copied many of his paintings in the then royal collection--now the Prado Museum. The dog here is also an allegory of fidelity; it shows the allegiance of the sitter, Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, to the Spanish king, Charles IV.
Where is this?
It is a view from the top of Bear Mountain, in the Crimea. We are actually looking down through the clouds to the Black Sea but you can also see part of the mountain which juts into the composition on the lower right. It was a popular destination for Russian plein air (outdoors) painters in 1906, when this was painted.The seascape scene was painted from high on a cliff so you are actually looking down on the clouds which is an interesting way for the artist to play with perspective.
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.