New York: Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of the most desirable cultural attractions of the city of New York are the museums in here we have already shared an excellent guide to the major museums of this city. Today we focus on one of the most important: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, also known as Met, located on the sides of Central Park.
Without doubt this is one of the most attractive and complete. The giant Met receives more than 5 million visitors a year who dazzle with their vast collection and permanent exhibits, covering art shows of all time, from ancient Egyptian vessels, passing by statues of ancient Rome to the paintings of European Impressionism and its complete collection of American art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – the renowned New American Wing.
It is one of the universal art museums more inclusive, and every lover of art no doubt appreciate the opportunity to see a sample so vast, with more than 2 million works, of all categories of art from all periods and parts of world in the same place, to enjoy and study them comparatively.
Visit the full Met mean 1 or 2 full days because it is really huge. There is a good system of signage and permanent guide to guide visitors to not miss the galleries that interest you most, and a tour diary that includes the most relevant pieces of the Museum. Some works that stand to prioritise and not miss:
Ancient Egypt Gallery
The gallery of ancient Egypt includes a complete temple was sent to America for the Museum, the Temple of Dendur.
The gallery includes works of European art captive and are instantly recognizable even to the traveler who is not expert in art, as “Reclining Nude”, 1917, by Amadeo Modigliani, “The terrace of Sainte-Adresse”, 1867, by Claude Monet or “Self Portrait with Straw Hat” by Van Gogh. Highlight works of El Greco, Botticelli and Velazquez.
European Sculpture Gallery
European sculpture gallery includes “Bacchanal” of Bernini, and “The Burghers of Calais” by Rodin.
Gallery of Greek and Roman art
The art gallery includes Greek and Roman monumental Amathus sarcophagus, the Etruscan Cart Monteleone and an important collection of pieces from the ancient empires.
Islamic art gallery includes a collection of miniature paintings from Iran and the Mughal dynasty of India.
Musical instruments industry
The industry of musical instruments includes a collection of several Stradivarius violins, a collection of Asian instruments made of precious metals and the oldest piano up there, dating from 1720 and is a model of Bartolomeo Cristofori.
As a bonus, the Met is fabulous shop to buy gifts and souvenirs: you will find numerous books and publications on current and past exhibitions, stationery and art puzzles, posters and art and rugs with excellent reproductions of some works from the museum.