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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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
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Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

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

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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Here's what people are asking.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.

I love this one. Any fun facts?
The artist was an American living in France. He had a country home with a scenic view of the Seine river, which may be the background we see here. He was trained in the French academic style, which prized fine detail, a very polished/finished appearance, and idealization of nature and people.
He actually hired models to pose for him and gave them rustic-looking costumes to wear rather than depicting real country-folk. That may be why the young woman looks so fresh and untouched by the elements.
That must be why she looks so elegant despite the ragged clothes.
And here's a fun fact: the previous owner of this painting was Abraham Abraham (same first and last names!), one of the founders of the department store Abraham & Straus.
Why is the Griffin of Nemesis blue?
That blue is a glaze on a material called faience, it was prized because it looked like even more expensive materials such as lapis lazuli, a blue stone, or turquoise. It's like a ceramic, made primarily from desert sand. Added minerals like copper create this vibrant blue when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures. For the ancient Egyptians, the colors blue and green symbolized the color of water, vegetation, and thus health and life.
In mythology, Nemesis is a goddess who dealt out divine retribution for crimes or excessive pride, an avenger! The wheel may signify the constant turning of fate, with all its ups and downs, a wheel of fortune.
When was this painted?
This was actually painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1776, right at the height of the Revolutionary War!
That's interesting, Washington looks so young!
He does! There are is another painting of President Washington nearby that looks a little different. It was made by Gilbert Stuart years later, when Washington was President. They make an interesting comparison.
Were these painted before or after Emperor Pachacuti's rule?
They are much later than the reign of Pachacuti. He lived during the 15th century and these were all painted in the 18th. And actually, one of the portraits is of Emperor Pachacuti.
Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
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.