Showing posts with label The Metropolitan Museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Metropolitan Museum. Show all posts

WW: The Met Fifth Avenue - the Islamic Section

The Met Fifth Avenue - the Islamic Section
The Met Fifth Avenue - the Islamic Section

Hi everyone.

Hope you all enjoy your day, safe and sound, wherever you are.

Still from my last visits to the Met, or the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, I am welcoming you to another #throwback edition of my days in the Big Apple. As I am currently longing for a visit to a museum, I will drag you along with me back to the Met at the 5th Avenue. Marvelous, right!

Remember the Medieval part where I shared most of European paintings, sculptures and costumes from that era? With Victorian lush, velvety god-knows-how-heavy-it-was gown worn by a petit ladies, I frankly got a bit lost (if you call a half-day is 'a bit') whenever I came down to the Met. 

can you describe what is in it?

So, this time, I will take you to another part of the Museum, especially the Islamic one. I managed to see and enjoy the collections from the Islamic world. It is interesting to see all those items, architectures, colors, patterns and shapes. 

The Met Fifth Avenue - the Islamic Section
the map of Islamic World

Some sections reminded me of La Alhambra Palace in Granada for its unique and colorful ceramics. There are different kinds of al Quran, the holy Koran, being written in different eras, patios and fountains. 

Check out these photos and tell me what you like best. The first part I saw reminded me of La Alhambra with its horse-shaped pillars and calligraphy. 

This part reminded me of La Alhambra

Then you will see the tapestries, hand-woven fabrics and more in this section as well. 

There is one beautiful Mihrab as well, the place where the imam, the leader in our sholat or praying. It has beautiful design and colors, dominated in green, blue, turquoise and the hues. Tell me if you think it's beautiful as well. 

this is the Mihrab, the place where the Imam, or the leader of our praying, stands.

Then I get to see the Damascus Room. It's amazing to see the architectures here. 

There are more collections to enjoy  as well here and for sure you will learn something from it or at least admire the arts. I hope you enjoy the collections through the photos.

Super happy me :)

Another remarkable setting at the Met

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WW: The Met Fifth Avenue NYC Revisited

Hi, everyone.

Quarantine mode really puts me back on so many trips down memory lanes. COVID-19 really changes our lives and as much as I am tired of doing it, I know it is still the best choice we have for now. 

beautiful painting at the Met 5th Avenue

So, this time, I am sharing some shots I took while I visited the Met, the Metropolitan Museum, in New York City back in 2018. I know I have posted some posts about this incredible museum because I always come back here whenever I got a chance. Even when I am no longer living in New York City, my last business trips to the Big Apple always had Museum visits in its itinerary. Yes, I do love the Met that much.

Well, here are some of the photos I managed to catch on my visit back in July 2018.

me strolling at on of the indoor garden in the Met

This time, I shared the visit I  took when the Met still had the Heavenly bodies exhibition. One of the most impressive exhibition they had, in my humble opinion. You can check more at my previous post Heavenly Bodies at the Met Cloister  to know more about it, when I enjoyed the same exhibition but at different location of the Met. The clothes and accessories that they were displaying are utterly beautiful.

Cheers from me

I managed to climb up to the roof top and lined up to see the exhibition they had there as well. Besides the remarkable art works, I did enjoy amazing Manhattan skyline. 

the wonderful view of Manhattan in the back...

I forgot the name of the exhibition in the roof top. It somehow reminded my of aliens or at least the typical aliens we saw on the movies. Pretty unique and intriguing for sure. A bit scary as well but still interesting.

Me looking at the art installation

Tell me what you think!

still an enjoyable sight under the Manhattan sky..

Then I came back inside again. This time, I was heading to one permanent section showing the grandeur of the past as well. As you see on the picture above, I was enjoying the collection at Robert Lehman collection as well as more European paintings, costumes and arts. All those Victorian glamorous ball room dresses with details to die for as well as delicate paintings showing interesting scenes from the past are really attention stealer. And I can't get enough of them! Let's take a look at them closer here.

what a slim waist line..

Much simpler but still beautiful indeed. Look at the shoes..

I guess this one is the Versailles..

I was wondering where it is exactly..

Look at the details!

Anyway, you can also check out more posts I have written about the Met in different locations as well as its remarkable collection. You can see why I simply can't get enough of it. 

The Met Fifth Avenue - Temple of Dendur and Egyptian Art

Heavenly Bodies at the Met Cloister

In Love with the Met Fifth Avenue

Hope you do enjoy the photos as well.

Do you also like museums? What is or are your favorite museum(s) so far? Do you also visit museums in different countries during your trip or visit?

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WW: Heavenly Bodies at the Met Cloister

Heavenly Bodies at the Met Cloister

Have you been to the museum lately?

Weeks before I go back home to Indonesia, I spent so much time strolling around the museums at NYC.

One of the most outstanding exhibitions I have enjoyed so far is Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

heavenly bodies, Cloister Museum, NYC

This top-notch exhibition is beautifully showcased at the Met Fifth Avenue and the Met Cloisters museums.

the angel...

Curated by one and only Anna Wintour (for sure you have heard of her or her version at the Devil wears Prada :)), you will see how incredible the exhibition is.

Those fascinating dresses are beautifully positioned among the permanent collection of the Cloister. Beautiful, religious, yet extravagant.

Check out some of the photos I took I there.

the Lady in red by John Galliano for the House of Dior

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In Love with The Met Fifth Avenue

Fancy a visit to Museum?
Then New York City is the perfect destination for that!

As I have shared previously here, NYC has long been known as the home of top-notch and world-class Museum. Never, in my short 3.5 years living in the Big Apple, have I got disappointed with any visit to any museums. Never!

Last month, I shared how thrilling it was to visit the interactive museum of the Moving Image at Astoria.

Read: Museum of Moving Image, Astoria, NYC

And now, I think it's about time that I write my story on our visit to the Met. 
Yes, people.. THE MET.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum is indeed one of the shiny diamonds in the Museums' world. Established in 1870, rather recently compared to Musée du Louvre,- another favorite of mine!- which was founded in 1793, for example, The Met has gained popularity among Museums lovers and critics due to its extensive, rare collections.

Welcome to the Met Fifth Avenue

Well, who wouldn't be impressed with its grandeur and beaux-arts facades as well as the Great Hall of the Met Fifth Avenue, with the grand marble statue of Athena Parthenos (circa 170 BC!), the black quartize Spinx and terra Madonna and the Child. 

You are indeed set to be impressed since the first time you set your foot to this Museum.
at the Great Hall

Looking at the vast collection of beautiful and rare objects from thousands of years ago always intrigued me. I have to acquire more information about the meaning of those magnificent prepositions and art works and The Met, constantly known as the treasury of those valuable artifacts, is the place to quench my thirst on those knowledge. 
I always have that warm feeling when I found out that certain drawings depicted the respect to women's versatile roles in society. Or when a sculpture in specifically positioned in order to symbolize the workship of our Creator. Or how traditional shapes and luxurious materials were combined in a flamboyant gem-studded dagger for the use of the King.
See...Feels like the Met is my second home.
The library of endless knowledge and magnificent histories that took me to the journey of time, space, and civilization.
I am in love with the Met!

Some of the beautiful artworks we saw in at the Met..with my hubby and my kids

So, last week, our family just had a perfect afternoon at the Met Fifth Avenue!

I should have brought my kids way before that but there will always something along the way. But even after running around the museum's mile, the blocks surrounding this huge museum complex, for about 40 minutes just to get a parking spot (so public transport is way better in this case), this time we were determined to spend some quality time inside the Met.  It was a lovely weekend, although the weather was still a bit cold and rainy. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is definitely a marvelous place you should come and visit while in the Big Apple. It has three main branches: The Met Fifth Avenue (the biggest and the most visited one indeed); the Met Breuer (located at the Madison Avenue) ; and the Met Cloisters (located near Fort Tryon, at the rebuilt monastery in Bronx).

For this post, I will focus on The Met Fifth Avenue.

With over 5.000 years of arts from every corner of the globe, The Met Fifth Avenue is a world of its own.

It's good to prepare your visit by visiting its website and trying to see and get yourself familiar with the layout. Mind you, with around two - million - square-foot building and tens of thousands of art objects on displays, you have a lot to see!

From the Ancient World, like the classic antiquities of Egyptian as well as Greek and Roman Art, to the those depicting certain civilizations and cultures like the arts from various continents of Africa, Asia, Americas, Oceania, to the Islamic Art, weapons, arms and armors. Let alone the collection from the medieval Europe,- paintings, drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, armors, and so many more. I got super excited but I know I can never finish it in one go :).

Together with Bo et Obi and their petits pieds, we only managed to cover the Byzantine arts, Medieval Art, European sculpture and decorative arts, arms & armor (one of my fave!), Roman Era, et Egyptian Art plus the Temple of Dendur. 
It's not that bad at all, but perhaps it's only 20% of the Museum's vast and majestic collections.

Surely one visit is not enough, so we have promised ourselves to make another tour, even as we are enjoying those exhibits.

So, are you ready?
Let's have a leisure walk along those marvelous alleys showcasing incredible art works ,- some of them are one of its kind, and their enchanting history, through my photos here.
Believe me, it was only a few from my I-don't-know-how-many-pictures-I've-taken photos during our visit to the Museum. May I should do the post for every segment? 
Let me think about it :).
Meanwhile, hope you enjoy the photos.

The American Wing

The Tomb effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, 1891

Arms and Armours

The Temple of Dendur and the Egyptian Arts

Obi checking her audio guide for the Temple

Now you see why We ♥️ The Met!

We rent the audio guide during our visit for USD 6 and you can also use you phone to get the free one.
The suggested admissions (pay as you wish but please be generous :)) are USD 25 for adults, seniors USD 17, students USD 12 and children under 12 are free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Open 7 days a week
Sunday - Thursday, 10 am - 5.30 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 9 pm
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Dec 25, January 1st and the first Monday in May
Galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closed and some galleries maybe closed for maintenance or constructions.
Visit for more information

Do you like museums as well?

What's your favorite part? How often do you go to museums with your loved ones?

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