The Met at 150: 5,000 Years of Art about Theater

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded 150 years ago today, April 13, 1870, by an act of the New York State Legislature, which makes it a good day to sift through its vast online collection to present artwork about theater and actors. The work below was created by such familiar painters and sculptures as Picasso, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and also by artists going back thousands of years, whose names are lost to history.  Click on any photograph to see it enlarged and read the caption.

Happy Birthday, Met. Eager to see you reopen when it’s safe to do so.


Author: New York Theaterh

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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