Review: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Not being a morning person, it was a wonder that I was wide-awake at 8:00 am. I was in New York City and the artist inside me was super excited. Even before landing in this great city, I knew where I was going first. During my entire under grad study, I had heard so much about this place. I was finally going to visit the famous Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Located in New York City, this museum is the largest of its kind in United States of America and one of the tenth largest in the world. Ever since a child, colors attracted me. It was only when I grew up that I actually began to understand art. It deeply fascinates me. All I needed now was a car in the new city and then I’d be off exploring. A nice blue sedan arrived in the morning, which I had rented even before arriving from Fareoair. Dressed in my new jeans, I tied my hair in a tight pony and drove off in an exceptionally good mood. When the tall majestic building of the museum came into view, I immediately knew that the inside would be even nicer.

A walk around the arms and armor

I first visited the department of Arms and Armor. The department had a big collection of European and Japanese pieces from the 5th to the 19th century. There were weapons from dynastic Egypt, the Roman Empire, Africa, Oceana and Americas. I was amazed to see American firearms from the 19th and 20th century. Armor of famous kings and princes were on display too, but what I liked most were the armored figures on horseback.

The Asian treat

Asian people and culture have always fascinated me. The Asian Art section in the museum was a treat. With over 35000 pieces, the section is entirely dedicated to Asian art. Paintings, sculptures, Chinese calligraphy, Tibetan and Nepalese work were displayed beautifully for people to admire.

Pharaoh’s world

The museum’s massive wing of 40 Egyptian galleries held me busy for a long time. What fascinated me most were the wooden models which had been discovered in a tomb in the Southern Asasif. These models depicted Egyptian life, culture, and scenes of daily life. The sandstone temple called ‘The Temple of Dendur’ was surrounded by a bunch of excited tourists like me. Built by the Roman governor of Egypt in 15 BC, the temple had a very unique architecture and design. The Temple base was decorated with carvings of papyrus and lotus plants. Other motifs on the walls and the temple gate depicted different Gods. I lost track of time as I stared in wonder at the ancient Temple. Sometimes you can’t help but wonder what it was like in those times. You just want to be transported back to witness the old eras. Alas, no time machine has been invented yet. If someone ever makes one, I would surely be its first user.

The world of modern art

I knew that I simply could not leave without seeing Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein and Jasper John’s White Flag. Pablo Picasso is my favorite artist and his paintings always held a certain attraction for me. The modern art section of the Museum held thousands of artworks by European and American artists and I remained lost in wonder there for an hour. I was about to go see the musical instruments when my stomach growled in protest. It was definitely time to eat. Located in the southwestern corner of the museum was the ‘Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden’. The place offered a view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. I had a scrumptious sandwich at the Garden’s café.

The music collection

The museum’s collection of musical instruments is quite unique. It has instruments from all around the world. Every continent is represented at every stage of its musical instruments. The department displayed several Stradivari violins, precious Asian instruments and the oldest surviving piano.

Bronze age and the Near Eastern Art

The museum’s collection of Near Eastern art is massive. Ancient artifacts included cuneiform tablets and seals. It was fascinating to see the earliest form of writing. The collection also included works from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Sassaninian, Elamite and Assyrian cultures. The extensive collection of Bronze Age objects and monumental stone from the Northwest Palace of the Assyrian King intrigued me more than anything else.

Famous art and drawing pieces

I was super tired but could not make myself leave until I visited the ‘Drawings and prints department’. This section concentrated on western European works produced after the middle ages and North American pieces. The collection held within this section is big. I was amazed to see all major drawings by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Degas and Van Dyck. I literally squealed in excitement when my eyes came into contact with the work of my all time favorite painter Rembrandt. This Dutch painter is surely one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art. He truly depicts Dutch history and culture in his outstanding work.

It was dark soon enough and New York City scared my mom. Her worried voice instructing me to stay inside at night made me leave. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly amazing. It is almost impossible to see all sections in one day. The trip will always be memorable and I hope to return again one day.

About Bloice Davison

Bloice C. Davison, III blogs, travels occasionally, and takes pictures. He has experience in the telecommunications, banking, retailing and outside sales businesses. He is a former fly-fishing guide and fly-fishing instructor for the Orvis Company. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist in the United States Air Force. A 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, he also has a BS in statistics from the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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