Pitcher (detail). Rudolph T. Lux (b. Germany, 1815–1868). Porcelain, 8 1/2 in., 1863. Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2011 (2011.321.11)
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Home of the Brave

Art that portrays the American spirit

We’re saluting the spirit of Memorial Day with Met artworks that celebrate America—and those brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country. As we kick off the summer, we hope these selections stir your sense of patriotism, pride, and gratitude.

True Colors

Sergeant Alex Rogers with Battle Flag, Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. Unknown (American). Albumen silver print from glass negative; 2 3/16 x 3 1/2 in.; ca. 1863. Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2013 (2013.50) 


Lady Liberty

Liberty. Chinese. Verre églomisé; 20 3/4 x 15 1/2 in., ca. 1800. Gift of the Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, 1946 (46.67.85)


O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

The Traveler’s First View of New York—The Battery and Flagstaff. Pavel Petrovich Svinin (Russian, 1787/88–1839). Watercolor and ink on white wove paper, 6 3/16 x 8 7/8 in.,1811–ca. 1813. Rogers Fund, 1942 (42.95.3)


Portrait of Valor

Armory Square Hospital, Washington. Unknown (American). Albumen silver print from glass negative; 6 13/16 × 7 7/8 in.; 1863–65. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933 (33.65.307)


An American Mosaic

Freedom of Speech. Faith Ringgold (American, born 1930). Acrylic and graphite on paper, 24 x 35 3/4 in., 1990. Purchase, Gift of Hyman N. Glickstein, by exchange, 2001 (2001.288). © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 


Celebrate the best of America with artful items inspired by The Met’s American Wing, at The Met Store.


  1. Freedom of Speech is an invaluable right here in The United States of America. Speech has no factual known consequence as our police force practice The Santa Clause Laws of pardon for guilty words spoken and taken aback.


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