Friday, January 05, 2018

Friday Photo

Bronze monkeys, Metropolitan Museum of Art
August, 2017, New York City

This amazing show used cow equivalents so you could tell how much objects cost relative to one another. The objects cost from 1/12 of a cow, for pilgrim medallions, up to, I believe, 376 cows, a herd of the beasts, for the most costly item in the show. If you click the above link and then View All Exhibition Objects, you can see everything in the show. 

There is an ivory carving of the Virgin and Child, and the photo at the Met web site, as well as the several I took, do not do this magnificent object justice. Even their pro photographers couldn't capture the sensation that the Virgin and her draperies are in motion.

Virgin and Child Enthroned

Cow equivalency chart

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