New York City ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 6th

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka The Met was originally opened in 1872. Seeded by an art collection owned by John Taylor Johnston, a railroad executive, they quickly outgrew their original location on 5th Avenue.

Today the enormous collection is located on the east side of Central Park and the holdings make up the third largest museum in the world. It is only outsized by #1: The Louvre in Paris and #2: the British Museum in London. 

There are over 2 million pieces in the collection which is curated by seventeen different departments. The exhibits include categories ranging from/including classic antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculpture from nearly all the European Masters, American and Modern art, as well as African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine and Islamic art. There is a section devoted to musical instruments, costumes, antique weapons and armor from around the world as well as interior furnishings and special exhibits on loan for a short time.

We went on a Friday, where the museum is open until 9:00 pm. Even staying late into the evening, we saw only a portion of this massive, massive place. As much as I love museums, the enormity of the place was a little intimidating. There is just no way to do justice to seeing it properly or in its entirety in a single day.

Honestly, one could spend a day just in one section which would be the equivalent to a visit to any other “normal size” museum.

Still, we gave it our best shot, roaming from one section to another, where I snapped photos of pieces that caught my eye.

I’ll try to break down my numerous photos into several groups, hoping it will help make some sense out of all we experienced.

On a side note – please notice the frames on some of the paintings. They themselves are sometimes a work of art and add much to the picture.

First some overview shots:


Medieval Art

European Sculpture

European Sculpture:

Orpheus (European sculpture section)

Fragmentary colossal marble head of a youth – Greek (2nd century B.C.)

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Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas:

Asmat Bis Poles

Benin Ivory Pendant Mask, Nigeria (16th Century Ivory)

Funerary Mask, Peru (9th-11th Century)

A variety of rooms and time periods:

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze

Collection of glassware

Autumn Landscape by Agnes Northrop for Tiffany Studios

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Special exhibits:

Special exhibit of work by Cristobal de Villalpando

The Thinker, Rodin

Egyptian artifacts:

Colossal Statue of a Pharaoh

Three figures from the tomb of Merti (ca. 2380-2323 B.C.)

Artemidora – Mummy

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Work by my favorite artist – Vincent van Gogh:

Madame Roulin and Her Baby by Vincent van Gogh

Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh

Self Portrait With a Straw Hat by Vincent van Gogh

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A few favorite masters:

Monet Gallery

Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

By the Seashore by Auguste Renoir

Seated Harlequin by Pablo Picasso

It was long after dark when we departed. Sadly we had only seen perhaps half of the exhibits 😦

The Met

GRATITUDE MOMENT: It is hard to properly pay respect to the thousands of artisans who have contributed the masterpieces contained within these walls. On occasion, I would stop, gaze at, and ponder the God-given talent that flowed onto a canvas or chiseled a stone to reveal a hidden treasure. The majority of these masters are long since gone. I wonder who today will bring forth the next works of art that will be seen in museums of the future.

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20 Responses to New York City ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  1. Jill says:

    Great photos. Enjoying your trip to NYC – for future reference!


  2. Widdershins says:

    When it feels like we’re surrounded by all the crap in the world, seeing the magnificence we can be, and create, as a species, gives a me hope again. 🙂


  3. Amy Pantone says:

    Beautiful photos of wonderful pieces of art. You are right some of the frames are works of art.


  4. John Love says:

    We are a capable race when we apply ourselves, what you just witnessed proves it. Thorougly enjoyed. Are you going back to see what you missed?


  5. Michael Alesko says:

    Wow, how astounding Joanne. And I know you’ve only shown us a few pieces. At the also-huge Louvre and British Museum, I was on sensory overload. But I’m warmed seeing that you got to view some of my favorite artists, including Van Gogh. One of my favorite art museums actually is The Getty, in Los Angeles, practically in your backyard. Great art, great manageable size, great design, and incredible hilltop setting. I love the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris too. Nice scale at each. Hooray for you two seeing the Met. Here’s to your New England cruise!


  6. Terry says:

    A wonderful place you can wander for days to see the art, and I doubt that would be enough time to completely explore this Museum.


  7. It’s been ever so long since I have been there, Joanne. It is definitely time for another visit. Thanks for the review. –Curt


  8. paperpopups says:

    Thank you for another great one. Cannot wait to see your next.


  9. Shelley says:

    My favorite is the temple of Dendur. But it is all pretty incredible.


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