The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Connections is an online community drawn exclusively from Met curators, conservators, educators who offer their personal perspectives on works of art in The Met’s vast collection. A new Connections is posted every Wednesday.
What’s interesting about this site is getting a glimpse into the curator’s background and having an opportunity to see pieces that you might overlook, or never see. After all the Met is a pretty big place! For example, I would never -ever- come across Thomas Seir Cummings’ A Mother’s Pearls. A necklace he made for his wife of nine ivory ovals that records his children’s faces in miniature. It’s an amazing piece from the 1840s that Carrie Rebora Barratt highlights in her “Small Things” segment.