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How to Look at Art, via the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rather than telling the history of art, this art tour through The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives visitors the tools and skills they need to engage with art on both a visceral and theoretical level.

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How to Look at Art, a special tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There is an art to seeing what the artists laid out for us to behold. Rather than telling the history of art, this tour gives visitors the tools and skills they need to engage with art on both a visceral and theoretical level. What should we look for when seeing a new work of art for the first time? How do artists fool our eyes and control our reactions? Come and learn how to approach a work of art and gain the vocabulary in discussing masterpieces. We’ll focus primarily on the Western Art paintings and sculptures, particularly those in the European Art department. You will walk away with a greater capacity for visual analysis and aesthetic appreciation. This tour is ideal for visitors who enjoy exploring art on their own but are hoping to cultivate their ability to look at, appreciate, and think about images and objects.

Themes explored in this tour will include:

  • The relationship between the viewer and the object
  • The advantages and limits of materials
  • The translation of a three-dimensional world into two dimensions

Admission
$22 per adult, $15 per senior, and $10 per child.


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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