The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I finally had the chance to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and I was fascinated by how much culture and creativity can be found under one roof.

I unfortunately was not able to see every piece that I could, obviously, but that is more of an incentive to go back! If one is ever in NYC, it’s the place to visit, whether or not you are into art.

There are over two million pieces at the MET, dating over 5,000 years of creativity. The MET is divided among seventeen departments from Egyptian Art, Greek and Roman Art, Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Photographs, Musical Instruments, etc.

I spent most of my time on the first floor, and my favorite department was the “European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.” I loved the detailed decorations of many rooms that were replicas of French and English period rooms. The furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, and jewelry had a strong concentration to the pattern, color, and cut of the piece.

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I also really loved the “Arms and Armor” department, which had European armor, including Renaissance parade armors; Islamic armor, Japanese armor, and jeweled weapons.

Of course, I thought about my night in shining armor… a girl can dream!

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Egyptian art ranged from tombs, jewelry, statues, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, and varies stones and drawings. The most beautiful room was the Temple of Dendur, which was a gift to the United States for preserving the Egyptian artifacts.

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Below is Pablo Picasso’s “The Dreamer” painting, done with oil on canvas in 1932. This painting was inspired by his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was seventeen when she met forty-five year old Picasso. Many of Picasso’s paintings were inspired by Marie-Thérèse’s voluptuous figure.

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Also, while there, an artist asked if he could do a sketch of me. IMG_2607

Although I saw and learned about many great pieces and artists, there is still much more to see! The MET has inspired me to learn more about art and the history behind it. I also definitely need to check of the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Museum of Natural History, along with others in the city!

Caroline Mishelle

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