Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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    Auguste Rodin

    by Tijavi Updated Feb 3, 2012

    Fans of the prolific French sculptor Auguste Rodin are well catered for at the Met. Although some of the works are "mere" bronze casts of the original (such as The Three Shades sculpture in picture 2), this does not deprive Rodin's fans with the most stunning representations of the original works.

    Acknowledged as the progenitor of modern sculpture, his sculptures are some of the most well-recognized modern sculptures in the world. The fact that he was able to achieve global superstardom despite not having the success of being admitted to Paris' foremost school of art, makes Rodin's story even more inspirational.

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    Vincent Van Gogh

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 27, 2012

    Centuries later after Rembrandt, another Dutch painter made waves with his post-Impressionist, masterpieces - the great Vincent Van Gogh. He is as known for his paintings, as for his state of mind. Although it is a well-known fact that he committed suicide at such a young age of 37, I've recently read somewhere that the fatal gunshot was not self-inflicted, but rather came from someone else. Murder!?

    I am a great Van Gogh fan, and it was such a delight to see many of his famous works at the Met. According to Wikipedia, Van Gogh's style is "notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color...." I couldn't agree more.

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    Rembrandt

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 27, 2012

    Of course, if there are Monets, there should be Rembrandts. This greatest of Dutch painters, during whose time Netherlands experienced its golden age of painting, is known for his self-portraits, as for his other paintings of other people, as well as Biblical scenes.

    His paintings are known for the masterful rendering of the subject's emotions, as well as attention to to detail. Many scholars regard his self-portraits not as expressions of vanity, but rather a genuine and sincere survey of himself. Sounds profound to me. Why would a man paint so many self-portraits if he's not vain - or even narcissistic?

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    Monet

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 27, 2012

    We all know who Claude Monet is, and the Met carries an extensive collection of Monets. A Monet here, a Monet, Monets everywhere!

    One of the most attractive are Monet's paintings of flowers - sunflowers (picture 1), chrysanthemums (picture 2), and water lillies (picture 3).

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    World Class Venue - Metropolitan Museum of Art

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    The Met is one of the world's largest art museums with over two million objects housed in a two million sq foot building, tens of thousands on display at any one time. The concept for a New York Museum led to incorporationn of the Met in 1870 with the first acquisition a Roman sarcophagus. The museum moved to its current site in 1880 and has continued to grow with additions of rooms and wings. The original gothic structure is now completely surrounded (although one wall remains intact in an exhibit of European masters). The current Fifth Avenue facade and Great Hall opened in 1902. The building occupies the eastern margin of Central Park on Fifth Avenue in Museum Mile and attracts 5.5 million visitors a year.

    The extraordinary range of the holdings is divided into multiple sections each in a wing or great hall. Art work exhibits extend from prehistorid to ancient Greek and Roman, Sacred, Old Masters, 19th Century, and contemporary and modern. The newest wing (2011) features the works of Turkey, Arab Lands, Iran, Central and Southern Asia. Another new large wing is the American, including multiple small rooms decorated in period pieces. Collections of costumes, arts and armor, musicial instruments, and sculpture are among the finest in the world. And of course, the temple of Dendur, removed and reconstructed from Egypt stone by stone sets in its own huge hall facing the park.

    Standard admission is stated to be recommended and not required, up to $25 standard, with significant discounts for seniors and students. Hours - 0930-1750 daily and till 2130 on Friday and Saturday. As one might guess, there are numerous museum stores and a variety of dining options rangning from sitdown service to prepackaged sandwiches. Expect no bargains.
    The Met could occupy a month of visits - for those with serious interests, there are itineraries published on the website. Or just pick one or two areas of interest and don't get waylaid along the way like we do. Not unlike Alice's restaurant, you can get anything you want at the Met.

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    Addicted to Art

    by nicolettart Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    You can return here dozens of times, as I have, and still not see the whole place!! I never tire of coming here, and I have my favorite spots, like the quiet Chinese courtyard, and the Greek galleries. This is really one of the greatest museums in the world and not to be missed!

    The museum has late hours on Fridays and Saturdays--open till 9:00pm.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--Arms and Armor

    by atufft Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    A favorite first floor section for boys is the Arms and Armor galleries, beginning with the dramatic display of calvary armor in gallery 371. Given the ornate workmanship of the armor, one might think this stuff was for ceremony rather than war, but the informative displays includes explanation of how armor protected against certain sorts of weapons and sword blows.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--Temple of Pernab

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    An early architectural contribution to the NYC Met was the Temple of Pernab (1913) which was removed from near the Tomb of Djoser, one of the step pyramids at Saqqara. The worn labyrinth of partially restored stones is less impressive than the Temple of Dendar, but worthwhile nevertheless. Also in the Egyptian North wing of the First Floor are hallways of reproduced copies of papyrus pages from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and other recovered documents too fragile to display in a museum.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--Egyptian Mummies, Etc.

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    New York City residents shouldn't flatter themselves too greatly, after all their collection of Egyptian antiquities certainly doesn't substitute well for a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. But, the Cairo museum regularly loans NYC artifacts, and the NYC Met has a pretty good collection of its own, some of which were found by NYC Met sponsored digs, some of which are looted works recovered from private collections. The emphasis in this part of the museum is as much on education as on display of art.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--Egyptian Sacklar Wing

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    The Temple of Dendar, which was rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, is fully reconstructed inside gallery 131 of the Sacklar Wing. This represents one of the best architectural achievements of the entire museum, IMHO.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--Alexander McQueen

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    During my 4th of July visit an Alexander McQueen fashion special exhibit was extremely popular. Long lines waited to see the macabre and spectacular garments and video displays of this designer who had committed suicide just a year before.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--European Arts, Part 4

    by atufft Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    At the time of our visit on a holiday, the museum was short staffed and so the galleries for Rembrandt and other Dutch masters were closed. But, I took a telephoto shot of a Rembrandt self-portrait anyway. The NYC Met collection of Impressionist painters is outstanding, including a number of very famous paintings. Van Gough is a particular favorite of mine, but I was pretty weary by this time in the first visit, so I promise a better update later.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--The American Wing, Part 2

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    In a labyrinth of galleries within the American wing, whole rooms of furniture and decorate parts are recreated to educate the visitor about life during the post colonial period. Red Oak hardwood floor planking squeak authentically as one explores this part of the museum. Furniture made from first growth cherry and other hardwoods from once virgin forests remind the visitor of what cannot be reproduced today. Major classic American paintings are also on display here.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--The American Wing

    by atufft Written Jul 10, 2011

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    NYC Met has one of the world's greatest collections of American art beginning with colonial period pottery crafts and decorative arts and ending with early 20th century decorative art by Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright. Gallery 700 is a huge glass ceiling open space with statues and the facade of an American stone mansion. On a second level mezzanine, there is a translucent nature light filled displays of American blow glass, folk pottery, and 18th century silver. It's important to note for those Europeans reading this that despite the apparent similarity between 18th century American art and European efforts during the same period, American art early on develops a folk quality and association with nature that is quite unique and stunning. The craftsmanship and design of glass, ceramic, and silver objects are deceptively simple or irregular in shape.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--European Arts, Part 3

    by atufft Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    I also ran into confusion between the medieval or renaissance art sections and the more recent European arts galleries. This area has a lot of traffic heading to the bathrooms or into special exhibits. For example, the Rodin bronze sculptures (a significant if smaller collection than my hometown San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum) and some larger European portrait paintings were displayed along a corridor that led into the popular Alexander McQueen fashion art special exhibit on loan from England. I promise to resort and expand these tips after future visits.

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