Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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    NYC Met Museum Art--European Arts, Part 2

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    I frankly got somewhat confused by the layout and overlap of the European arts and sculpture that ranged from Italy to England, Poland to Spain. I'll need help locating on the museum map exactly where I found this wonderful Spanish or Italian era mezzanine and courtyard gallery of outstanding European sculpture, for example. Here I bumped into a tourist from Madrid trying out here photographic appreciation of the room recreated from European stone elements.

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    NYC Met Museum Art--European Arts

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    American wealth and prosperity has allowed the well endowed Met to successfully bid at auction for whole rooms of furniture, and even the walls themselves, from European palaces. I suppose that much of this was all so much junk for the European collector, at one time. Thus, this section resembled Hearst Castle in California, where wooden panels, and even stone from Europe were imported and reassembled to provide space for European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection of marble statues is impressive.

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    NYC Met Museum Art from Americas

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    Surprisingly small, given the resident importance of such a collection, the Americas are represented by a hodge podge and random collection of a few early Peruvian textiles, Arctic Circle tribal wear, Southwestern pottery, and some Mayan ceramics. I didn't find any baskets or tribal wear from the tribes of the United States. Much of the collection is dimly lit, presumably for preservation purposes, but otherwise I was unimpressed. The DeYoung Museum has a finer collection of Mexican ceramics, and as I recall, the Amerind Foundation's collection in Arizona is more impressive as well. Maybe I missed something. I'll look more closely the next time I visit the Met.

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    NYC Met Museum Art from Africa

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    I found the NYC collection of art from Africa worthy of recommendation but surprisingly small in scale. The collections of similar art in my hometown museums in San Francisco were comparable in the number and quality artifacts, for example. Nevertheless, note the priceless examples here, many of which were Rockefeller donations. The Ghana gold objects were particularly impressive. I have an anteloped horned mask similar to the one in the last photo among my own home collection, purchased during a trip to Mali.

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    NYC Met Museum Art from Oceania

    by atufft Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    John David Rockefeller traveled to Indonesia and Pacific Island areas in search of tribal culture and art which he ultimately amassed into a collection of considerable value. Thus, the 40,000 sq ft Rockefeller wing is dominated by ocean going tribal vessels and other artifacts in a well lit room.

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    NYC Met Museum Greek and Roman Collection, Part 2

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    The expansive and recently rebuilt Leon Levy and Shelby White Court (162) is studded with marble and bronze statues and columns, a central black reflecting pond filled with tourist coins as tribute, and a mezzanine of Etruscan art on the second floor (170-172). Prior to entry to the court is a stair and elevator lobby (160) with a substantial bronze of a nude warrior king, a favorite for tourist photographs, an object of debatable origin whose upper right hand probably held a spear. In any case, the courtyard also serves as center for surrounding galleries (163-169) of mostly Roman art inspired by Greek traditions. It's a substantial collection that resembles the efforts by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to retrieve and evaluate looted artwork, because the descriptions of many works are speculative in nature. Other aspects of the collection are genuine, in the sense that the objects came from sponsored archeological digs throughout the Mediterranean.

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    NYC Met Museum Greek and Roman Collection, Part 1

    by atufft Written Jul 9, 2011

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    Turn immediately to the left past the ticket booth in the 82nd street entrance and one enters the Greek and Roman collection of antiquities. The arched and skylit hallway (150-153) is flanked by 8 smaller galleries (152 to 159) filled with substantial works covering thousands of years of period ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and even architectural remnants. To the right galleries have windows and natural lighting for mostly early Greek ceramic and bronze art, while to the left are spot lighted display cases of mostly small stone cut artifacts from Minoan and other pre-Greek Mediterranean antiquity.

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    Museum of Metropolitan Art--Overview

    by atufft Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    A relative late-comer founded in 1870, the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most comprehensive collections of art from earliest antiquity to current era of any in the world. Although it's tempting to draw critical comparisons with collections in Europe, particularly in London and Paris, I would rather point out simply that this museum has 2 million square feet of familiar, exotic, and valuable paintings and objects found nowhere else. As the museum website claims, Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The museum is so large that a single visit simply isn't possible, even for a general survey. I spent 5 hours on my first visit, and became so weary of my study that major collections on the second and third floors were at best simply walked through with a weary glance. This comprehensiveness of this museum is thus both its greatest advantage and greatest weakness. By putting such a wide variety of art under one roof, some collections are liable to be ignored or forgotten in some museum warehouse space. The building itself has been expanded several times and a glass roof built over what appear to be former garden areas.

    The museum is closed on Mondays, except during holidays, so it was fortunate for me that on the July 4th on which I arrived, the Met Museum was open for normal business hours from 9:30AM to 5:30PM. On normal Fridays and Saturdays, the museum has extended hours to 9PM.

    Arrival to the Museum is best by subway, since buses and subway trains converge in this area which is on the east side of Central Park--see website for details. There is a parking garage, the price parking in which will easily exceed the price of an adult admission for most visits--see website for details.

    Despite the overwhelming amalgamation of building architecture, the meticulous and thoughtful effort shown in architecture and display of objects also reveals the museum to be very well endowed. Some of the world's wealthiest families have given substantial sums to this museum, allowing it to bring from all parts of the world treasured collections of palace furniture and even wood and stone walls from monasteries and tombs. Entrance fees are a tax deductible "recommended" donation, for adults being a substantial $25-, children and senior citizens being cheaper. So while the credit card swiping clerk and signs make the recommendation, remember also that this busy museum has a long list of major wealthy donors and so is not short of funding. So make whatever donation you can afford and be sure to clip the metal lapel button to show that you've paid.

    Cameras are allowed although flash photography is not. Fortunately, many of the rooms are naturally lit by skylight windows, so photography is pretty easy. However, the low-E UV blocking windows do cause a polarizing blue cast on many objects, requiring slight adjustment of color either within the digital camera menu, or during photoshop editing.

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    Savage Beast Alexander McQueen Exhibit

    by Janemei Written May 8, 2011

    Just returned from the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met yesterday. What a wonderful display of this genius's work. The flow of the exhibit may need some improvement, for example, it's only 1 way towards the exit but there are two sides to view so you are pretty much doing one side first in each room and then u turning back to look at the other side. I of course picked the busiest day to go, the first saturday. With all that aside, it was a very moving/inspiring display of the Mcqueen world. Some of the pieces are just beyond fashion. Where his mind took him to design some of the pieces was beyond comprehension. Alot of Philip Treacy headpieces on display of course and alot of the infamous shows like the Kate Moss hologram plus the recreation of the mirrored show Spring 2001 etc.

    The compilation book at the end of the visit is worth a buy too at $45.
    http://store.metmuseum.org/met-publications/alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/invt/80011804/

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    Metropolitan Museum of ARt-A Mix of Sites

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    Established in 1870, the purpose was to provide the city a fine art museum of a variety of time periods. There are usually around 20 different exhibitions going on, and they change yearly, or so. These exhibitions feature anything form the current day. to past history of art works, furniture, cultural times,, and much more.
    It is open 9:30AM to 5:30PM daily, except Friday & SAturday is 9-9. Cost for an adult is $20.

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  • Did Rembrandt was cross-eyed?

    by gil.steinberg Written Oct 5, 2010

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    With two million artifacts you must choose 7-10 maim attraction that you like to visit.
    Here is the list I made after lot of researches:

    Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Greek and Roman art, the temple of Dendur
    We made our tour using the new York adventure guide which let us explore the met by trivia and challenges

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    A HUGE Museum!!!

    by MINOSUKE Written Aug 19, 2010

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    This must be the hugest museum in the world. Here are uncountable works to see, so it will take you a week to see around all the rooms of the museum.
    I spent 1 day in it, but I realized soon after I entered it that 1 day was too short. And spending 1 day made me totally exhausted, because there were too many things to see. So I do not recommend you to spend one whole day there. If you have spent 2 or 3 hours there, you should go out and do something else in the afternoon. Visit the museum again on another day.

    *Go up to the roof in the elevator. You will command a nice view of Central Park and old apartments behind the park.

    *Tues., Wed., Thur., Sun. ----- 9:30 - 17:30
    Fri., Sat. ----- 9:30 - 21:00

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    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    by t_cims Written Jun 2, 2010

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    New York City's grand museum! Journeying through the art of mankind can be a overwhelming yet joyous experience. From Ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to American masters,

    try and take your time going through each section. You won't get to see everything but what you do see will be memorable.

    A visit here is a must.

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    A whole Egyptian Temple inside the museum

    by annase Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Unfortunately I don't have any photos from the museum as I went there on my own (whilst my travel companion had a sleep at the hotel due to jet lag from which I didn't suffer) and did not dare to take an awkwardly huge camera worth of several hundred dollars with me in case it would get stolen.

    I chose to concentrate on section housing Asian and Egyptian art since I have the Egyptian collection also in Louvre and British Museum so I wanted to see what differences there were.

    Their collection of Egyptian art is one of the greatest outside Cairo. More than half of the collection is derived from the archaeological excavations along the Nile between 1906-1935. At the time, the Egyptian government was granting foreign institutions the right to excavate with the understanding that the resulting finds would be divided 50-50 between the excavators and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

    One of the most striking pieces in the collection is the grandiose Nubian Temple which was built about 15 BC by the Roman emperor Augustus. Located in Lower Nubia, the temple was dismantled to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the building of the Aswan Dam. It is a gift from the Egyptian government in recognition of the American contribution to the campaign to save the ancient Nubian monuments. It has been dedicated a whole room of its own and it is surrounded by slowly flowing water with a crocodile on the side of it.

    To my disappointed, the Islamic galleries are closed until early 2010 for restoration work. A small collection is on display in a temporary installation on the 2nd floor balcony. However, it is very small, considering that the permanent collection is the most comprehensive installation of Islamic art anywhere. It includes objects from the edges of the Islamic empire (from Spain & Morocco to Central Asia & India.

    I loved the collection of Asian art that includes paintings, prints, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics and textiles. Although the Asian cultures are distinctive from one another, many pieces in the collection reveal similarities between their art due to the shared religions Buddhism and Hinduism. My favourites included Buddhist stone and bronze sculptures, Kashmiri- and Pala-period sculptures and Hindu bronzes. Gorgeous Indian court paintings from the 16th-19th century are exhibited in additional galleries on the 3rd floor which can accessed through a temple like entrance.

    Admission $20 (adults), $15 (65 and older), $10 (students)

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    The Met Museum

    by MM212 Updated Nov 4, 2009

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    One of the largest art museums in the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors in 1880. The building was originally designed in a Victorian Gothic style, by the architect Calvert Vaux, but by 1926 it had been given the completely new Beaux-Arts style façade that we see today, designed by Richard Morris Hunt. The museum houses an exceptional collection of art spanning several millennia from Ancient Egypt through modern times. The Met Museum, as it is colloquially known, also holds several temporary exhibitions at any given time.

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