A lot to see at the renovated American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of ArtPosted: November 12, 2013
We were quite a large group to go for a group guided tour at the Met Museum last week. The museum gets a little noisy with all types of groups visiting galleries at the same time.
But the trip to the American Wing is worth your time, for sure.
Starting from the Art of Native North America – there are a lot of ancient artifacts from pre-Colombian times. As we saw, on an example of one sculpture, there is a lot to explore if you carefully look at some of the specific works of art. How many people are in this sculpture group?
Jumping ahead to the first American president, there is a famous portrait by Gilbert Stuart of George Washington, painted in 1795, probably painted from life. This how we see George Washington, either on a one dollar bill, or on any other portraits of the first president.
Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851), by Emanuel Leutze, is also a very famous canvas, copied and studied again and again. There is one of the original copies now in the American Wing galleries, and it’s huge! General George Washington and men of the Continental Army and militia crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 and marched to Trenton, New Jersey.
The Crossing and the Trenton/Princeton campaign have become known as the Ten Crucial Days — a campaign that saved Washington’s army from defeat, allowing them to fight another day and achieve ultimate victory.
Diana, also known as “Diana of the Tower”, is a copper statue, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Once a famous New York City landmark, for over three decades it sat atop of the second Madison Square Garden building. It is currently on display and owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, at the Metropolitan, it’s a smaller version made by Saint-Gaudens in 1893.
Another beautiful piece that we saw is the Autumn Landscape window (1924). Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, this window achieves remarkable color effects without any paint. The purple hills, yellow to bluish-purple sky, orange and red trees, grey rocks, and a blue-green stream all glow with a warm, reflective light.
We encourage you to visit the Museum again and learn the history of their country through it’s art.
Other galleries of the Museum are outstanding too! Pay a suggested donation of any amount to get into the Museum. More information is here: http://www.metmuseum.org/en/visit/contact