Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
Throughout Renaissance and early Baroque Europe, royal families amassed vast, glittering collections of valuable and entertaining objects. The exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe (opening to the public November 25) will show the complex ways these dazzling objects— including clocks, automata, furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and print media—expressed noble status and the right to rule. Visitors will discover that innovative inventions engaged and delighted viewers in the past in much the same way that 21st-century technology holds our attention today—through suspense, surprise, and dramatic transformations.
Highlights include: the “Dresden Green” (the largest flawless natural green diamond in the world, weighing 41 carats and in its original 18th-century setting) and “The Draughtsman Writer” (a late 18th-century writing automaton that inspired the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and its movie adaptation).
Monday, November 18, 10 am–noon
Remarks at 11 am. The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue