This “Things I Like” focuses on the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
In the hall of Medieval Arms and Armor.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met, is an art museum located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is known as the Museum Mile in Manhattan. It has a permanent collection containing more than two million works of art, divided into twenty-two curatorial departments. The main building, often referred to simply as “the Met”, is one of the world’s largest art galleries; there is also a much smaller, second location in Upper Manhattan, at “The Cloisters”, which features medieval art.
Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity (Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Sumer), paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments (including the oldest piano and Stradivari violins), costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. The Rooftop Garden is home to outdoor sculptures during the warmer months.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, “to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.”1 The founders included businessmen and financiers, as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American people.
1Charter of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, State of New York, Laws of 1870, Chapter 197, passed April 13, 1870 and amended L.1898, ch. 34; L. 1908, ch. 219.
- La Frileuse; One of my all time favorite bronze pieces
This is the hall containing Oceanic art.
The NYC Skyline from the Rooftop Garden
- Jeff Koons Exhibit on the Rooftop Garden, 2008