In the beginning of this month, I went on a whirlwind tour of the east coast with my aunt. Our first stop was New York, where we saw Times Square at night, climbed the Empire State Building, and cruised by the Statue of Liberty. Add to that visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art – one of my favorite places to hang on a rainy NY day (as was our experience).
I was excited to show my aunt some “famous” pieces (read up on my “must-see” exhibits here) and even try to explore a new exhibit in our limited time.
First, the oldies but goodies.
Temple of Dendur
Passed by some Renaissance Art (? art history majors, don’t hate me) on the way to Knights and Armor.
Knights and Armor
Greek and Roman Art
I always pass this section but seem to not take any photos. So this time, I attempted to shoot a few…
Would you look at the detail of these gold jewelry pieces:
Imagine the skillmanship to make these, especially with the available tools and technology in the ancient world! The style transcends time too, cause I’d definitely want to wear these myself.
Oh, and pulling out this tea set whenever I have guests over. Except for two problems: 1) I’m not a gazillionaire, 2) I never have guests over.
By this point, I have no idea where we wandered to. There were more Greek/Roman-looking sculptures though:
Saw works by my favorite sculptor, Rodin. His sculptures express such raw emotion. What a brilliant guy.
Finally, we visited a section that I’ve never been to before – the second floor of the American Wing.
The American Wing
Holy crap. I’ve definitely seen that painting in some history textbook or another. And there it was before my eyes – it’s kind of surreal seeing famous paintings in real life! In fact, this struck me even more than seeing the Mona Lisa.
Looking down at my one of my favorite statues before bidding the Met goodbye.
I think I’ll make it a goal to see a new exhibit every time I go to the Met. That should be a goal that’s easily met, given the vastness of the museum and the number of times I’m able to go!
What are your favorite exhibits in the Met? Your favorite art museum?
Thanks for reading!