Visible from virtually any gallery in the Museum, the Courtyard is the heart and soul of the institution. It is home to several centuries of art that evoke radically different locales: an ancient Roman sculpture garden, a Renaissance Venetian canal-scape, a medieval European cloister, and a turn-of-the-century universal exposition hall. Only women inhabit this space–look carefully and you’ll notice that the figures depicted in its many artworks are all female. Surrounding them is a living, breathing work of art: a garden. The highlighted plants here change almost every month, from orchids in the winter to nasturtium hangings in the spring, all set amid an array of other flowers and lush ferns, shrubs, and palms. Learn more about the Courtyard’s living collection here.

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