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Metropolitan Museum of Art 2021 Google celebrates with animated Doodle

Metropolitan Museum of Art 2021 Google celebrates with animated Doodle

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Doodle marks 151st anniversary with a carousel of selected pieces from the museum's collection

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Doodle marks 151st anniversary with a carousel of selected pieces from the museum’s collection.

Google celebrates the Met’s 151st anniversary with a carousel of selected works from the museum’s vast collection.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art — popularly known as simply the Met — is the largest art museum in the US, with more than 2 million artifacts that date back 5,000 years.

 On Tuesday, it’s marking its 151st anniversary and Google is joining in the party with an animated Doodle featuring 18 pieces of art from the museum’s vast collection.

The museum’s origins stretch back to 1866 and across the Atlantic Ocean, when a group of Americans in Paris decided to create a “national institution and gallery of art” that would make art and art education available to people in America.

Four years later, on April 13, 1870, The Met was incorporated.

The museum’s first location was in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Ave.

The museum relocated in 1880 to its current site about a mile up the street on the eastern edge of New York’s Central Park.

 

The museum’s 2 million square feet houses 17 separate departments, including ancient art from around the world; musical instruments; costumes; and antique weapons and armor, among other items.

According to the Met, Google has created a carousel of objects from the museum’s collection, including a sculpture of a dancer from second-century B.C.

China; a 13th-century terracotta sculpture of a seated figure from the Inland Niger Delta region of present-day Mali; The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (1495–1505), from the Unicorn Tapestries; a portrait of the comtesse de la Châtre by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, from 1789; a highly decorated Italian guitar from around 1800; an elaborately beaded Lakota/Teton Sioux dress made around 1870; and Samuel Joseph Brown Jr.’s Self-Portrait from around 1941.

Under the carousel is a rendering of The Met’s Fifth Avenue building, with lines show where each object can be found within the galleries. 

Learn more about each object in the carousel by visiting the museum’s web site.

Google’s home page also links to an anniversary exhibit on its Google Arts & Culture called Making the Met.

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Google is celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an animated homepage Doodle

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Google is celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an animated homepage Doodle.


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On April 13, 1870 — 151 years ago — the New York State Legislature approved the incorporation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, formed by a collective of businessmen, thinkers, and artists who sought to make art and art education available to the American public.

Shortly thereafter, the museum obtained its first piece, a Roman sarcophagus, but it wasn’t until two years later — February 20, 1872 — that the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened the doors to its first Fifth Avenue location.

The next year, the museum outgrew that location and moved to a mansion elsewhere in the city.

Ultimately, in 1880, the Metropolitan Museum of Art moved to its current location, part of Fifth Avenue’s “Museum Mile.”

Today’s Google Doodle features an isometric illustration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, above which are six frames.

In each appropriately colored frame, you’ll see one of a few works of art from the museum that resembles a letter of the word “Google,” changing to a different piece every few seconds.

Below each frame, you’ll also find a line showing where in the museum that particular work can be found.

To learn more about each of the artworks featured in today’s Google Doodle, you can head over to the official website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Meanwhile, the Google Doodle Blog has some interesting info about the artistic process behind the Doodle, including the fact that this Doodle was supposed to be shown a year ago, for the museum’s 150th anniversary, but was postponed due to the pandemic.

I have really missed visiting museums during the pandemic, so working on this Doodle was for me like a virtual visit to the Met.

I hope that this animated Doodle gives people a little experience of touring the museum, and coming face-to-face with beautiful and captivating art objects from so many different cultures and eras.

— Erich Nagler, Google Doodler

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Google's homepage is one of the most-viewed web pages around the globe, and often, the company uses that page to draw attention to historic events, celebrations, or current events such as "coronavirus helpers" and more using Doodles.

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