The Met. Oh, the Met. What is there not to love about the Met? I think this museum's only flaw is that it is far too large to be able to see everything in one day. Heck, I bet I could come to the Met every day for months and still not be able to absorb all this incredible museum has to offer. I spent nearly four hours there on my most recent trip to New York and barely walked through a third of the museum, only stopping to admire what really caught my eye.
The met has one of the most fabulous collections of Egyptian artifacts I have ever seen - and I have been to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. They have approximately 26,000 objects from Egypt. Inside of the Met is an entire Egyptian temple, the Temple of Dendur. It was a gift from Egypt to the City of New York.
I did not get many photos from the Egyptian exhibits as I was busy absorbing as much information as possible, however, I did get a photo of the above mummy casket. The colors on this piece are very rich, especially considering the age!
While the above statue is not from the Egyptian collections, it is a statue of Cleopatra. However, the sculptor, William Whetmore Story, was an American. The details of her robe are incredible. It is hard to believe that this is carved from pure marble! Her robe is truly life-like.
Another amazing sculpture in the American Wing is this golden statue of Diana, goddess of the moon, virginity, and the hunt. Both the above statue and the one below were created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and reside in the sculpture garden on the first floor of the Met. The sculpture below is of Saint-Gauden's idea of the ethereal female, whose sign reads "love and charity." My favorite detail of this piece is the belt of passionflowers.
Last but not least is this Tiffany fountain. I had always known of Tiffany lamps, but I was not aware that he had designed more than lampshades and stemware. The Met holds some amazing works, like the above fountain, as well as gorgeous mosaic columns. If you know me, you know I love a good mosiac (hence my obsession with Gaudí and de Saint-Phalle). The fountain is really spectacular and so detailed - according to the Met's website, the piece is roughly 8.5' x 9.5'.
Well, that wraps up my highlights from the very few things I was able to see on the first floor of the Met. Stay tuned for part two of the Met, where I will show you my highlights of the second floor!
Until next time!