The MET – Part 1

The last time I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art it was just before they closed for the day.  It was all right because I’d had a NY Pass, so it didn’t “technically” cost me anything to go in for only twenty minutes.  This time around, though, I was going to get my money’s worth.

High atop the classical artwork.

High atop the classical artwork.

I traveled through the Greek & Roman arts section first – for old time’s sake.  Also, I really enjoy Greek and Roman statues.

Some statues are impressive despite being damaged by time/etc, such as this one:

Lower part of a marble statue of Hygieia.

Lower part of a marble statue of Hygieia.

Other pieces have been restored, such as this statue of Hercules:

Marble statue of a youthful Hercules

Marble statue of a youthful Hercules

The museum lets you know which parts have been restored:

Helpful reminder.

Helpful reminder.

If I like a piece enough to take a picture of it (for future viewings) I try to take a picture of the card next to it.  It helps me remember the name of the piece and the artist, because I know I’m going to forget it later on.  This especially helps with modern art.

Since I had more time I was able to explore the Mezzanine in the Greek & Roman section.  Up here I found a great view of the floor below and some other stuff, like a chariot and pots:

Bronze Age

Bronze Age

From there I wandered through Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, up to the more modern arts, through medieval, and then to the Egyptian Arts.

They have a tomb that you can walk through:

The Mastaba Tomb of Perneb

The Mastaba Tomb of Perneb

Immersive exhibits are pretty awesome.

Looking for Egyptian Kings...

Looking for Egyptian Kings…

Then I found the most awesome area – The Sackler Wing.  I guess they were setting up an exhibit or getting ready for a party, because it was mostly roped off.  But the room itself was awesome – the full-wall windows, the water…

Nice view.

Nice view.

The website tells me that this is the Temple of Dendur.  I wonder if you can go in there when they’re not setting stuff up.

At least you could still look at it from afar.

At least you could still look at it from afar.

 

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