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The Life of Cosimo I de Medici: Art Patron Extraordinaire

We must talk about selfies before diving into the Medici exhibit at the Met. Selfies are a type of portrait, and they have been in existence since the invention of mirrors. Even the word "selfie" has its origin in a misspelling of "self-portrait" which was coined by English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1785. The first selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius on September 1839, using a camera he constructed himself. Why are selfies or portraits so popular? Selfies are a way to perform and express identity. They provide an opportunity for people to reclaim their voice, their reflections, and their representation.  Many of our contemporaries like Andy Warhol used selfies as his medium to further his career and fame....

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Join US: The 11th Annual Trade Show!

Join us at the 11th Annual Hospitality Expo and Trade Show occurring August 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion for a chance to win a raffle drawing for a complimentary Private Museum tour! The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges will sponsor their...

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Welcome to Private Museum Tours!

We want to help you experience the world of art differently. If you’ve ever wanted to tour a museum but weren’t sure how to do it yourself, we can help. Museums are major tourist attractions, educational institutions, and even social environments. But for those who exhibit art...

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