The Metropolitan Museum of Art – popularly called simply Mate – is the largest art museum in America, with more than 5,000 million artifacts dating back 5,000 years. On Tuesday, it is marking its 151st anniversary and joining the Google party with an animated doodle featuring 18 arts from the museum’s vast collection.
The museum’s origins spread in 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 provide art and art education to people in America. Four years later, on April 13, 1870, the Met was incorporated.
The museum’s first location was at the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue. The museum moved to its present site in 1880, about a mile on the eastern edge of New York’s Central Park.
The museum’s 2 million square feet have 17 separate departments, including ancient art dating from around the world; musical instruments; Costumes; And ancient weapons and armor among other items.
According to the Met, Google has created a carousel of objects from the museum’s collection, including a statue of a Chinese dancer from the second century BCE; A 13th-century terracotta statue 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 Comisi de la Chatre by Elizabeth 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 Mets Fifth Avenue building, in which the lines appear, where each object can be found within the galleries.
Learn more about each item in the carousel by visiting the museum’s web site.
Google’s home page also links to an anniversary exhibition on its Google Arts and Culture called Making the Mate.