On 5th May 2018, my desire to visit a museum was fulfilled when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of New York in New York with my cousin. The museum had a unique collection of antiques, armor and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies and Mughal paintings. I didn’t know the exact things to expect when I reached the museum since I had never visited any museum before. I didn’t know much about the Metropolitan Museum of New York as well, but after I arrived, I was very fascinated by the collections I saw in the museum. My walk in the museum included different sections of Art, Archeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology, and Economic Botany.
Summary of Pieces by Different Artists in the Museum
Some of the arts displayed were life scenes of the Buddha, Bharhut gateway and railings, Buddha offering protection, Prediction of Asita, a coin of Alexander the great, Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art, Miracle of Sravasti, the Great Departure and the Face of Duga. Others included new Henry J. Heinz II Galleries, Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography, and the Medieval Europe Gallery, Late Gothic Hall at The Cloisters, and the André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments(Quodbach, 2017).
To begin with the coin of Alexander the Great, it is dated back in 336-323 BCE. The coin was made of metal, and it was used as a medium of exchange which was standardized to facilitate trade. Secondly, the image of Buddha offering protection is dated back to 1500-1700 C.E(Cbe, 2016). The image is made of woods which are durable and very difficult to break. The Byzantine art by Mary and Michael is a representation of the products from the Greek artistic drawings. Another piece that I saw was that of the Great Departure which is a drawing of the description of the migration that took place during the winter in the 18th century. This migration involved people who were migrating from the western part of Europe to the east due to the environmental conditions that they were experiencing.Joyce and Robert Menschelarearts which involve themselves in modern photography, and their galleries were also present in the museum.
Bharhut gateway and railings are the representation of the Buddhist art which was dated back in the years between 2nd century BCE and 3rd century BCE. Another piece that I saw was that of the Face of Duga. This was the face of an Indian goddess that has the art of its kind, and many Indians worshiped it ahead of the Durga Puja festival(Cbe, 2016). Other galleries that I saw were those drawn by Henry J. Heinz II who was an artistic and a director at the Yale University. During his time he was able to compose some art pictures which are located today in the Metropolitan Museum. The Miracle of Sravasti painting was a portrait of a miracle that Budha had to perform in a small town called Sravasti during his mission. Lastly, some arts from the André Mertens Galleries were also present in the museum. These arts involved the display of different musical instruments both current and those that were used in the last centuries(Quodbach, 2017).
As my cousin and I left the museum, we had a lot of knowledge about some history of some cultures than we knew before we visited the place. Some of the history we wrote down in our notebooks for future reference because there was a lot to learn. I dedicated myself to come back again later and revisit the place because I felt I did not capture everything that was there due to the thousands of collections present in the museum. Those people who love art and learning about different cultures should visit the Metropolitan Museum of New York because I believe it is the best.
Cbe, G. T. (2016). Museum environment.Routledge.
Quodbach, E. (2017). Collecting Old Masters for New York: Henry Gurdon Marquand and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, 9(1), 1-11.
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