What’s going on at The Met

Coming up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy through February 16, 2009

This exhibition explores the various exceptional objects created to
celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. The
approximately 150 objects, which date from about 1400 to the mid-16th
century, range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry given as nuptial gifts, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual
love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan’s Venus and Cupid
by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto. The exhibition also
includes some of the rarest and most significant pieces of Renaissance
glassware, cassone panels, birth trays, and drawings and prints of amorous subjects. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

And then …

Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C., through March 15, 2009

This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary art created as a result of
a sophisticated network of interaction that developed among kings,
diplomats, merchants, and others in the Near East during the 2nd
millennium B.C.
Approximately 350 objects of the highest artistry from royal palaces,
temples, and tombs—as well as from a unique shipwreck—provide the
visitor with an overview of artistic exchange and international
connections throughout the period. Because many of these works have
either only recently been excavated or have never been shown abroad,
“Beyond Babylon” is a singular opportunity for the public to experience
the rich artistic and cultural traditions of this period. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Visit the Met’s Web site at http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp for more news and information on other exhibits.