Treasures of the Met in New York
There are many great museums in New York city, but my favorite is the amazing Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even the location at 1000 Fifth Avenue is great, stretching from the “Museum Mile” into Central Park.
The Contemporary section features artwork by Kiefer, Pollock and more. When passing sculptures by Rodin, probably my favorite sculptor, one enters a long stretch of paintings by Degas, Caravaggio, Munch, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and more which never seems to end.
It’s no wonder that the movie character Thomas Crown tried to steal a Monet from here (even though I have to say that the really good Monets are over at MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art). The Pierce Brosnan remake from 1999 was not filmed at the museum though, since the Met didn’t want any association with a movie featuring art theft so the producers had to recreate the halls in a closed set.
The Islamic Art collection is reached through the Assyrian gate where a pair of winged guardians hold a silent vigil (it felt like I was back at Persepolis). The exhibition features a beautiful blue mihram from Esfahan, gigantic Persian carpets and beautiful calligraphy.
Arms and Armor features armored figures on horseback, Japanese swords from the Edo period, Samurai armor and much more.
The Asian wing is among the largest collection of Asian art in the US, spanning 4000 years. It even features an outdoor garden replica.
The American Wing holds the well-known painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” in all of its over-the-top non-historical glory. The painting is a lot larger than one would expect, but unfortunately it’s not the original since that one was destroyed in a Bremen bombing raid during WW2.
The Egyptian Art section features the Sphinx of Hatshepsut (nose included) next to the impressive Temple of Dendur from 15 B.C., where a scene from When Harry Met Sally was shot.
The Met is one of the greatest things in NYC and perfect for a rainy day. Just bring good shoes and a lot of time on your hands.