View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow (detail). Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 76 in., 1836. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908 (08.228)
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The Majesty of Nature

This Earth Day, a roundup of artworks from across cultures illustrates how nature inspired beautiful art across centuries and cultures

Garden Party

Prince and Ladies in a Garden (detail). Nidha Mal (Indian). Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; 10 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.; mid-18th century. Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001 (2001.302)


Powerful Pachyderm

Elephant figure. Republic of Benin, City of Abomey. Silver (silver/copper alloy). H. 12 x D. 23 5/8in.; 19th century. Gift of Anne d’Harnoncourt and Joseph Rishel, in memory of Rene and Sarah Carr d’Harnoncourt and Nelson A. Rockefeller, 2002 (2002.517.2)


Awash in Color

Water Lilies. Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.; 1919. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1998, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1998.325.2)


A Towering Sight

元/明 趙原 倣燕文貴范寬山水圖
元/明 沈巽竹石 合卷 Landscape. Zhao Yuan (Chinese, active ca. 1350–75). Handscroll; ink on paper; 9 13/16 x 30 1/2 in.; late 14th century. Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.285.15)


Play That Again

Harpsichord. Italian. Wood, paint, various materials; late 17th century. Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1945 (45.41)



Crocodile statue. Egyptian, Roman Period. Granite, 42 1/2 × 14 5/8 × 11 7/16 in., late 1st century B.C. – early 1st century A.D. Purchase, The Bernard and Audrey Aronson Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of her beloved husband, Bernard Aronson, 1992 (1992.13)


Luminous Views

Magnolias and Irises. Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933). Leaded Favrile glass, 60 1/4 x 42 in., ca. 1908. Anonymous Gift, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Frank, 1981 (1981.159)

On Earth Day and every day, The Met Store celebrates the beauty of nature through its art-inspired gifts.


  1. Author icon Blanche Perris Kahn

    Lovely to see those glorious homages to nature, by artists from many cultures and eras. Among them are some of the works I particularly admired during my memorable and proud years working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Registrar Department.


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