The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the place to visit for a dose of history, art, and culture in New York City. For anyone that’s been, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s such a beautiful space with its magnificently high ceilings, white walls and fantastically laid out exhibits. I always felt that whatever installment was in there, the pieces were there to blend in (the more experimental, newer and special collections at the very least) and to become a part of the museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States.
The Met’s curatorial departments are as follows:
• Islamic art
Additionally, the museum is always featuring a variety of limited time exhibitions, events, and performances.
Here are some of my favorites:
Reliquary arm of Saint Valentine. Made in Switzerland (Basel), about 1380-1400
Head of Christ
Perseus with the Head of Medusa made from Marble by Antonio Canova. Through this dynamic pose, Canova draws our attention to the sweep of Perseus’ idealized body, which is framed by a drape falling from his left arm.
Zulu belts from South Africa from the 19th century.
Amor Caritas represents the perfect of St Garden’s vision of ethereal female. The elegant figure in a frontal pose with free-flowing draperies and downcast eyes also appears in the caryatids for the Vanderbilt mantelpiece. He considered different titles including “To Know is to forgive”, Peace on earth and God is love before settling on Amor Caritas (Love and Charity).
The Met houses one of the largest art collections in the world and you can easily spend the entire day there.
Their $25 entry fee is only ‘recommended’ and not mandatory.
Also read: The ultimate New York City Guide