Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A wander through the Met

Come wander through the Metropolitan Museum of Art with William Kimber and me.
Looking at art in this museum is one of our favourite things to do in New York.
Gustave Courbet's Ladies of the Village (1851-52)
The same visitors facing Rosa Bonheur's The Horse Fair (1852-55)
Paul Cezanne's Bathers (1874-75)
Andre Derain's portrait of  Lucien Gilbert, ca 1905.
Ferdinand Hodler's The  Dream of the Shepherd, 1896.
Our wanderings took us to European furnishings where we found this bedroom from the Palazzo Sagredo, Venice, ca 1718.
Andrea Della Robbia's glazed terracotta Saint Michael The Archangel, ca 1475.
A special exhibition, Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–
A.D. 220) featured some exquisite tomb sculpture like this chariot
and a charioteer
a collection of ceramic figures 
and an elegant ceramic dancer.
The Burial Suit of Dou Wan was made of jade pieces attached with gold wire
Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9)
Then we wandered toward the light of the open courtyard with it's classical sculpture
Greek, Hellenistic or Roman Imperial, ca. 1st century B.C. -- 1st century A.D.
Roman, 1st or 2nd Century
Western Sudan display case with artist
My vision of a perfect New York Sunday would involve hearing The Magnetic Fields in a matinee concert at the Temple of Dendur.
Be sure to have a look at the fragments mounted on the wall by the temple.
Some of them, like this one, are spectacular.
It is hard to visit the Met without a peak into the Egyptian rooms.
Loved this tiny head
and these three wooden figures from the tomb of Merti ca 2380 BC
Do you think these fab models from the tomb could actually float?
Then we wandered over to the Asian galleries where we found the Bodhisattva Maitreya, 11th century
and this bronze sculpture of Shiva, Uma and their son Skandia, early 11th century.
Japanese screen of a Portuguese ship.
We said a prayer for our fellow tourists
before escaping to Fifth Avenue
to catch a southbound bus to Union Square.

3 comments:

  1. Did you know about the Magnetic Fields concert in advance?
    You covered a lot of ground in this museum.
    I would be tired.
    LisaRR

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  2. I'm going to change the text to "would involve hearing". Such a concert would be lovely! We were exhausted after this tour. But every NY day was like that.

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  3. Ah ok on those Magnetic Fields.
    Definitely the joys of the Met are many and varied.
    LisaRR

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