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Metropolitan Museum of Art: An attraction to behold – I

Posted on December 1, 2010 | Art MuseumsNo Comment

Informally called as The Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a genuine art gallery that adorns the Central Park’s eastern rim along the Museum Mile of the New York City. Recognized as among the largest art galleries on Earth, the museum is known for its massive permanent collection of over two million artworks split into 19 curatorial sections. These works of art range from the typical antiquity of Ancient Egypt to sculptures as well as paintings of all European artists to the modern as well as art. Further, Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an extensive wealth of African, Byzantine, Oceanic, Asian, and Islamic art. In addition, the Met is the dwelling place of many encyclopedic collections of costumes, accessories, musical instruments, armor, and old weapons from the different parts of the globe. Adding more to this endless list of things, you can even spot some of the most remarkable interiors right from the 1st century Europe to the contemporary American design.

I am sure with the following list of things to be seen here, even you will agree that this is certainly not among the boring museums, but among the ones that are to be admired.

American decorative arts

This department is the home of more than 10000 instances of the stated arts all from between the 17th and 20th centuries. Check out here for the vast amount of American stained glass, the most comprehensive on Earth made by Henry E. Sharp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and John LaFarge. There are 25 period rooms having enough furnishings that too from a known designer or era. Presently, a vast silver collection is worth a look.

American paintings and sculpture

Today, there are some over 1000 paintings, 2500 drawings, and 600 sculptures that greatly represent the American art right from the colonial era. Look out for the excellent American paintings, a picture of George Washington, and Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Ancient Near Eastern art

In this zone, there are over 7000 works related to the works of the Near East. Marvel at the collection of the Assyrian, Sassanian, Hittite, Sumerian, and Babylonian cultures along with a myriad of distinct Bronze Age items. The main attractions are a series of stone lammasu from the Northwest Palace.

Arms and armor

Regarded as the home of the most famous collections, this is where you will mostly see the unique parade of the figures on horseback on the first floor. Most of the pieces are European and Japanese, which date back between 5th and 19th centuries. But, you will also find exhibitions of many more geographic states including the weapons of the Oceania,  Roman Empire, Egypt, Africa, ancient Greece, America, and the ancient Near East.

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Here, you will come across over 11,000 works of the sub-Saharan Africa, Americas, and the Pacific in the Rockefeller Wing located towards the south tip. Further, spot the Australian Aboriginal rock paintings, memorial poles of New Guinea, and expensive set of ceremonial as well as personal items of the Nigerian Court of Benin.

Asian art

This is the most comprehensive one in America offering over 60,000 pieces. You will find each Asian civilization here along with each kind of decorative art ranging from printmaking to metalworking. Check out for set of Chinese calligraphy and Nepalese as well as Tibetan works. Also look for the functional objects like the Ming Dynasty-style garden court.

The Costume Institute

With over 80,000 attires and accessories, you have a lot to marvel here. Annually two shows in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are held where these costumes are exhibited as per a theme.

Egyptian art

This is the most interesting section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you will find over 36,000 pieces right since the Paleolithic era until the Roman one in a giant wing of 40 galleries. Check out for the 13 wooden models – gardens, boats, and daily life scenarios; Temple of Dendur flanked by a reflecting pool and lit via a wall of windows, and a series of Archeulian flints (between 300,000 – 75,000 BC).

European paintings

With more than 2,000 pieces, you cannot easily spot here the most popular paintings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 37 paintings from Monet, 18 Rembrandts, and 27 oils from Cézanne. The main highlights here are the five paintings from Vermeer that is the largest set of him, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, Georges de La Tour’s, El Greco’s View of Toledo, The Fortune Teller, Raphael’s Colonna Altarpiece, and Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Socrates. The recently added attractions are the Velázquez’s Juan de Pareja and Duccio’s Madonna and Child.

There are many more departments and exhibitions, which will be covered in the next article.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: An attraction to behold – II

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