How It Works


Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd St), New York City.


  • Your smart phone/tablet
  • Ear buds
  • Layar. Download the app. It’s free.


To view the AR installation:

  1. Open Layar
  2. Hold your device up to the painting
  3. Tap the screen

The app scans the work and inserts an alternate image. From that image screen, you will be able to hear a voiceover by clicking the “listen” button. If you prefer, you can read the text for each work by clicking the “read” button.

Tip – After the new content is loaded, you will have access to a button in the lower left corner of Layar that enables you to pop up the alternate image so you can be liberated from having to keep your device focused on the Met painting.

Tip – It’s important to frame the entire painting in your camera before you tap the screen. Layar doesn’t work on just partial elements.

The Paintings And Their Location

The Ascension of Christ by Hans Suss Von Kulmbach, gallery 643

Lukas Spielhausen by Lucas Cranach the Elder, gallery 643

Allegory Of The Planets and Continents by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, gallery 622

The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak by Albert Bierstadt, gallery 760

The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer, gallery 767

Untitled 1960 by Clyfford Still, gallery 920

Untitled 1960 by Morris Louis, gallery 922

Bohemia Lies By The Sea by Anselm Kiefer, gallery 915


Rewilding The Canon