Cleopatra's Needle at Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The exhibition will celebrate the completion of an extensive program by the Central Park Conservancy to conserve the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, the exhibition will explore the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and will consider how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation will show the importance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a long-standing fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.
Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.
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