The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or The Met) is one of the three biggest art museums in the US, and it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed. The entrance fee to The Met is donation only, but it’s definitely worth a donation, or it’s one of the attractions included in the NY CityPASS. We were on a slight time crunch because we had dinner plans with Zach’s family, but even on a time crunch we were able to see so much!
Our first stop was the Ancient Egyptian exhibit. It was AMAZING! It’s the closest to Egypt I’ve been so far. They have a huge collection Egyptian art, mummy cases, a sarcophagus, a sphinx and some temples and tombs that have been reconstructed in the museum, which was very cool because I got to stand in this temple that was over 2,000 years old! (Hopefully I’ll make it to Egypt eventually.)
The Temple of Dendur, such a cool experience!
Inside The Temple of Dendur
The Sphinx of Hatshepsut
After exploring the Egyptian exhibit we made our way through the Greek/Roman sculptures to the African and Oceanic wings. I took an art history class on African and Oceanic art and found it really interesting. The thing I really love about it is that almost all of their traditional art is that it’s functional; it serves a purpose. Even their everyday objects are works of art, and I like the idea of taking such a sense of pride in the functional things like that. The Met has quite a collection of these cultures:
Stool from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Head of Iyoba from the Kingdom of Benin
The Underside of an Oceanic Boat
We then made our way up to the Contemporary Art sections where we got to see works by Pollock, Picasso, Warhol and many others.
‘Dora Maar in an Armchair’ by Picasso
‘Prelude to a Civilization’ by Victor Bruner
‘The Accommodations of Desire’ by Salvador Dali
‘Red and Yellow Cliffs’ by Georgia O’Keeffe
‘Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)’ by Jackson Pollock
‘Ethel Scull 36 Times’ by Andy Warhol
Our last stop in The Met was the 19-20 Century paintings and, as always, I was immediately drawn to the Monets and van Goghs, just like every other museum visitor.
‘Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies’ by Claude Monet
I love going to art museums and wandering through looking at all of these masterpieces. I could get lost in museums for hours. I hope to go back again and get lost in the parts I didn’t get to visit the next time I’m in New York City.