“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~ Pablo Picasso
One of the draws of New York City is that their are literally a gazillion museums exhibiting a wide range of art. Every time I think of leaving, I am always drawn back because of the abundance of culture the Concrete Jungle exhibits. One of the most iconic, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or the Met as it is known.
The largest Museum in the United States, as well as one of the most visited in the world, it opened in 1872 as a way to bring art to the American people. The building itself is iconic with the famous front Fifth Avenue entrance having been built in the Beaux Arts style giving it a Neoclassical European flare. It isn’t just a requisite tourist destination, but one that every day New Yorkers, including celebrities, love going too.
The Met has over seventeen curated departments over seeing a vast array of exhibits. This a museum that really does have something for everyone. You could spend the whole day there and still not experience everything. Luckily I narrowed it down to my five favorite exhibits for you to see.
Temple Of Dendur
By far my most favorite part of the museum is the Temple of Dendur which is located in the Egyptian wing. While the temple itself is impressive, having been dismantled in 1965, transported across the ocean, and finally (finally!) reassembled in 1978, the room it resides is what beckons me to visit.
With a moat around the temple, one wall is completely made out of glass, not only making the room light and airy, but giving stunning views of Central Park and the city. It is a place I love to go to just sit and reflect.
And of course I always have to take the requisite picture and even…gasps a selfie!
or a selfie of a selfie….
Greek and Roman Gallery
Another exhibit I love and which dates back to the founding of the Met, is that of the Greek and Roman gallery, which just so happens to be located on the opposite side of the Egyptian wing. With over 17,000 artifacts, there is always something new to discover. It is also another place I love to just sit and reflect. The contrasting white and dark marble makes for a bright and airy space.
In fact much like the Egyptian exhibit, it is an amazing display of talent, creativity and ingenuity in a time when many artists could only use hand held tools as they worked marble and granite into stunning sculptures. I am always amazed at how even during such a primitive period when they didn’t have drills or excavators, they were able to create such beauty.
Located in a tiny corner of the Met on the first floor nestled between the Greek and Roman and the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, exhibits case, is the small but no less stunning Fabergé collection. As a Russian history major, I have read countless books on Fabergé and the tradition of Imperial Easter Eggs being gifted to the tsaristas from the tsars.
Based on records it was Alexander III who originally commissioned from atelier Peter Carl Fabergé the tradition of an Easter egg which was kept up when his son and heir assumed the throne. Out of the fifty eggs created for the Imperial family, the Met owns three.
Each egg would take over a year to make and is a display of opulence and artistic detail. Fabergé left nothing unfinished. Each egg also had a hidden compartment which would open up to reveal a small gift. Sometimes another egg, or figurines, many times portraits of locations or people special to the tsarinas.
As a renown jeweler, Fabergé created many luxurious items, from hair brushes, to necklaces, to figurines which are also on display at the Met.
The Lady in Blue
As a museum the Met has a variety of paintings to see, from Impressionism, to Modern Art, to the Renaissance you will see many paintings which have been featured in Art History Books. But there is one painting in particular that I have to visit each time I go. I always call her the “Lady in Blue,” but the portrait is simply titled Princesse de Broglie.
Painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, a famous french neoclassical artist known for his portraits, the painting was commissioned by the model’s husband. The innate detail Ingres gives the painting is truly stunning. He not only captures the shy beauty of De Broglie, but the attention to detail brings her dress and surroundings to life. I always want to reach out and touch the lace on her dress, and feel the velvet of the chair she sits in. This painting is also a symbol of love. Shortly after it was finished, Pauline passed away leaving her grieving husband to cover the painting for years. It remained in the de Broglie family until a collector acquired it and then gifted it to the Met.
I have written at length about the Costume Institute and the exhibits it puts on every year, most notably the one in the Spring where the Met also hosts a huge Gala. Featuring a new designer and theme it is a fashionista’s paradise! You can read about the Art of the In-Between and last years Manus X Machina.
Have you been to the Met? What is your favorite exhibit? What is your favorite type of art you like to see?
25 thoughts on “A Day At The Met”
Looks like an interesting place! Great post!
It is! I hope you can go sometime! Awe thank you hun! <3
Wow, the museum has some interesting! Plus, you have the perfect outfit.
It really does! Awe thank you so much! It is one of my favorites! I hope you have a great weekend sweets! <3
The Met was on my list to visit and I ran out of time! Egyptians are my fave so I wanted to visit that area of the museum. The Greek & Roman area looks great and the Lady in Blue is lovely😊 x
I sound like a broken record but you JUST have to come back…Especially since I live close by it;p You would LOVE the Egyptian exhibit! it is amazing! And thanks you beauty! definitely my favorite parts of the museum! <3
Yeessss! I so need to😊 I know. I love all things Egyptian so the Met is a must for my next visit😊 xx
Girl! We are soul sisters! One of my dream trips is to go to Egypt. It really is! I always go to that exhibit every time I am there! 🙂 <3
I always do the Egyptians exhibit at the British Museum😊 I’d love to go Egypt x
I think a trip is on order some day! ;p <3
Just waiting for the day that will see me travel to US. Nice photographs.
I hope that day comes soon! Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed this! <3
Oh wow this looks amazinggg! I’m going to New York next month, so I will definitely try to squeeze this in 🙂 xx
That will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!:) Let me know if you want any suggestions, or need places to eat… I am such a foodie And you should definitely try to go here! it is pay what you want. So you can pay a couple dollars and go for just an hour or two if you want 🙂 <3
That would be absolutely amazing thank you! If you want, we could do a collab post where you recommend a few places you love and I’ll visit them!xxx
Yes! I would LOVE that! <3
Omg amazing!! Do you have a blog email? 💖
Some how when I updated I lost my email and haven;t gotten around to fixing it. But you can email me at: email@example.com <3
You look so sophisticated and chic (as always) and your pictures are stunning! I’ve never been to NYC only upstate, but whenever I get there, I will be visiting the Met for sure! 💗
Awe thank you sweets! Trying to channel my inner artist professor! ;p Yes you have to visit! And definitely go to the Met! I hope you have an amazing day! xoxo <3
I have heard about this museum a lot, but never really got a chance to visit. Your post was very nice and informative. And you have a really nice blog going on here! I have made sure to follow your blog to read more!
Awe thank you so much! I am so glad you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by and following it! I hope some day you get to visit the Met! <3
You are welcome! Yeah I hope I get to see it too! Do check out my blog as well. I am trying to improve it, so all suggestions are welcome!
I definitely will! Thanks so much for stopping by! <3