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.
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)
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). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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