Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1175–1200. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 (16.32.194a, b) | In medieval sculpture, individual body parts were often accentuated to convey meaning. Here, Mary's oversized hands direct our attention to Jesus, enthroned upon his mother's lap. Hear and watch diverse viewpoints on this sculpture. #MetViewpoints
Roundel with Three Apes Building a Trestle Table, 1480–1500. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.119.3) | Whether this scene was intended to convey anything beyond its obvious whimsy is uncertain. #Cloisters
Louise Françoise de Bourbon 1673-1743, Duchess of Bourbon was the legitimised daughter of Louis XIV of France and Madame de Montespan. She was married at the age of 11 to a distant cousin. She was known for her beauty, wit, sense of humor and wild behavior. She had numerous affairs, the most famous being with the dashing libertine François Louis, Prince of Conti. She was godmother to Louis XV's eldest son, the dauphin. Unusual for the time all 9 of her children survived into adulthood.