Day 3 - The HUUUUGE Metropolitain...
Trip Start Aug 25, 2005
6Trip End Aug 30, 2005
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- The Frick Collection
- The Metropolitain Museum of Art
The Frick Collection
I really loved the Frick Collection and its building. The mansion was really beautiful and cosy... and to say someone actually once lived there and owned all these paintings! And what paintings! These is found Fragonard's "The Progess of Love", a pure masterpiece of the Rococo. And it fits the room as if it was meant to be there! These paintings are huge...! And so much better when seen in person. There are also quite a few Vermeer - I especially liked "Officer and Laughing Girl", which I bought a poster of. There is also a self-portrait by Rembrandt, one he did later in his life in his rough manner style
This was truly a key point in my NYC trip, since it's almost exclusively dedicated to Baroque and Rococo art, by far one of my favorite period.
One word: HUGE! We must have spent at least 6 hours in there, and STILL, we didn't see everything. Their permanent collection is EXTENSIVE. I have only one - well, two - regrets though: Han Gan's "Night-Shinning White" and Hokusai's "Off the Wave off Kanagawa" were nowhere to be found... Furthermore, when I asked around for them, no one seemed to know what I was talking about - they even asked if I was positively sure it was Asian, Chinese, Japanese...! Ouch... I understand permanent collections undergo rotations for restoration and also to give each work a chance to be on display, but major works usually don't, unless they do need restoration... Would the Louvre "rotate" the Mona Lisa and put it in storage? Of course not... Just like the National Gallery of Canada would never take off Barnett Newman's "Voice of Fire" from the wall. And I would sure as heck know how to direct visitors if they asked me for it at the info desk (and they always do - it's a major work at the NGC).
But nonetheless, I'm still very happy I got to see some Chinese Ink Painting first-handed
Other rooms we got to see were Greek and Roman Art (where I saw our much studied Goemetric Krater... it's HUGE! And I thought it was tiny...), Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (quickly), Modern Art (I preferred MoMA's collection), European Sculpture and Decorative Art (quickly for the Deco part), Medieval and Byzantine art, Egyptian Art (we get to step into a temple! Some of our pictures look as if we actually went to Egypt instead, haha. There's also a peep-hole for a statue, like they would have in the time - they would look in to pray that statue. And I saw "Haptseptsu with offering jars"... massive
By then, it was already well pass 6pm, so we decided to skip European Painting, Islamic Art and Ancient Near East art, and head to the roof of the MET for "Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls and Twirls" - a sculptural installation - and a view of NYC and Central Park. But actually, I was rather tired and my ankles were completely blocked by then that I THOUGHT I was just skipping European Paintings... I completely forgot about the two others! I wish I hadn't... The galleries aren't that big, it would've taken max an extra half hour... and I would of really liked to see them. Oh well, I get to get in free with Guy (yay), so if we have an hour or so to spare tomorrow after the Guggenheim, I'll go straight back there! :)
Time for another good night's sleep! (my ankles will appreciate!)