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:
Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas:
A variety of rooms and time periods:
Work by my favorite artist – Vincent van Gogh:
A few favorite masters:
It was long after dark when we departed. Sadly we had only seen perhaps half of the exhibits 😦
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.