Hidden Faces: Covered Portraits of the Renaissance

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
1000 Fifth Avenue
This exhibition is the first to examine an intriguing but largely unknown side—in the literal sense—of Renaissance painting: multisided portraits in which the sitter’s likeness was concealed by a hinged or sliding cover, within a box, or by a dual-fa... more
This exhibition is the first to examine an intriguing but largely unknown side—in the literal sense—of Renaissance painting: multisided portraits in which the sitter’s likeness was concealed by a hinged or sliding cover, within a box, or by a dual-faced format. The covers and reverses of these small, private portraits were adorned with puzzlelike emblems, epigrams, allegories, and mythologies that celebrated the sitter’s character, and they represent some of the most inventive and unique secular imagery of the Renaissance. The viewer had to decode the meaning of the symbolic portrait before lifting, sliding, or turning the image over to unmask the face below.This widespread tradition in Italy and Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries will be explored through approximately 60 double-sided and covered portraits from The Met collection and other American and European institutions, including the reunion of several portraits and their covers that had been split and made part of separate collections. Painted by artists such as Hans Memling, Lucas Cranach, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian, the works range from portraits intended as portable propaganda to those designed to conceal a ... more
This exhibition is the first to examine an intriguing but largely unknown side—in the literal sense—of Renaissance painting: multisided portraits in which the sitter’s likeness was concealed by a hinged or sliding cover, within a box, or by a dual-faced format. The covers and reverses of these small, private portraits were adorned with puzzlelike emblems, epigrams, allegories, and mythologies that celebrated the sitter’s character, and they represent some of the most inventive and unique secular imagery of the Renaissance. The viewer had to decode the meaning of the symbolic portrait before lifting, sliding, or turning the image over to unmask the face below.

This widespread tradition in Italy and Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries will be explored through approximately 60 double-sided and covered portraits from The Met collection and other American and European institutions, including the reunion of several portraits and their covers that had been split and made part of separate collections. Painted by artists such as Hans Memling, Lucas Cranach, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian, the works range from portraits intended as portable propaganda to those designed to conceal a lover's identity. These varied three-dimensional, hand-held ensembles shed significant light upon the intimate and personal nature of portraits designed as interactive objects.

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Hidden Faces: Covered Portraits of the Renaissance

Sat, May 25
10:00AM
$
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish. Please be as generous as you can.

Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Sun, May 26
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Mon, May 27
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Tue, May 28
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Wed, May 29
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Thu, May 30
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Fri, May 31
10:00AM
$
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish. Please be as generous as you can.

Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Sat, June 01
10:00AM
$
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish. Please be as generous as you can.

Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Sun, June 02
10:00AM
$
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish. Please be as generous as you can.

Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Mon, June 03
10:00AM
$
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Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Tue, June 04
10:00AM
$
For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is pay as you wish. Please be as generous as you can.

Visitors from outside of NY State:
$30 for adults,
$22 for seniors
$17 for students.
Admission for all children under 12 and Members and Patrons will continue to be free.

All admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.
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Occurs 33 more times through Jul 07

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710
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Schedule

May 25, Sat 10:00AM - 5:00PM
May 26, Sun 10:00AM - 5:00PM
May 27, Mon 10:00AM - 5:00PM
May 28, Tue 10:00AM - 5:00PM
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