The Met Tweets “Magna Carta” Album Art Alongside the Sculpture it Features

Jay-Z has been on one this week. First, there was his Twitter spree that had fans day-dreaming over a RT+brackets reply, then, his appearance on Hot 97 with Angie Martinez. Now, he is currently in a New York gallery performing “Picasso Baby” over and over for six hours in a stint of “performance art” as it were—watch a vine of that below.

Among Jay’s many collaborators and supporters on the album, he can now count the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who just tweeted a photo split of his album cover and the sculpture that it features. “Alpheus and Arethusa” is the previously unknown title of the piece which is currently housed in the Met.

The piece was previously unidentified sculpture is by Battista di Domenico Lorenzi (Italian, ca. 1527/28–1594) and portrays a nymph, Arethusa, who is being pursued by the river god Alpheus. That’s the thing about a Jay-Z album: you can editorialize it all you want, decrying marketing choices, features, even production elements—but at this point, Jay-Z feels like an artifact himself. He’s part of the culture, he’s carved out his place and everyone wants to get a look.

Less than a week after Magna Carta Holy Grail‘s release, making snap judgements feels like a mistake, but has The Met ever tweeted a rap album’s cover before? There’s always more to be decoded in this world with #NewRules. However one thing is clear, Hov’s just as valuable and divisive as a Picasso, baby.