Posted on January 22, 2014
We are art lovers. Louvre in Paris, Art Institute of Chicago , Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York… There is something fascinating and exciting in museums in addition to the gorgeous pieces of art. Something that keeps us coming back. And I have to make confession: even though I have been to New York a dozen or more times, this past weekend was my first time ever visiting the MMoA. On my previous trips I have been way too busy in meetings or have spent a good chunk of time (and money) by swiping my credit card on the 5th Ave, or have been running in the Central Park.
MMoA is one of those huge museums where you can easily spend a few days . Big like Louvre, or The British Museum in London, or Smithsonian in Washington DC…. So I highly recommend excellent walking shoes and plenty of time when heading to the MMoA. And proper planning beforehand is not a bad idea either. MET Museum really has it all: the oldest piece of art in the collection is a storage jar dated back to 3800-3700 BC; there is the oldest piano in existence (built in 1720 in Italy); there is more than 2 million items in the museum; and finally, the museum is about 2,000,000 square ft (equals to 190,000 square meter) – almost 35 football fields!
Our mission was to see some European paintings – I totally love Monet and Van Gogh’s paintings, check out the Arms and Armor collection, as well as we wanted to see the Fabergé collection by Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation. MMoA is one of those few places in the US where you can see Fabergé eggs – others being Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Hillwood Museum in DC, and Cleveland Museum of Art. Most of the eggs are on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, majority of them being found in Russia.
While enjoying the European paintings, one of Monet’s paintings really caught my eye, and I said to Jason I know that place, I have been there . And I sure was right. Two of Monet’s paintings from Étretat, Normandy, France are part of MMoA’s collection. It was funny to recognize one of my favorite coastal locations in France (sans tourists) where I have spent so much time.
Do you like museums? What is your favorite museum in the world?
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunflowers. Vincent van Gogh, 1887.
Claude Monet, 1882.
The Manneporte near Étretat. Claude Monet, 1886.
Violins by Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737).
Fabergé: Imperial Danish Palace Egg.
Flowers by Fabergé