Here is another special summer exhibition on at the Met that’s a crowd-pleaser, a kid-pleaser, and also pleasing to serious connoisseurs. Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru, which stays up until 1 September.
Many of these seventy-or-so masterpieces of featherwork are a millenium and a half old. That tropical rainforest feathers could survive so long, and remain so brilliant is amazing. Also amazing is how such ancient works of art can correspond so strongly to tastes which we now call “modern”.
Images, ©2008 The Metropolitan Museum of Art