The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

by Liza Laserow

Vincent Van GoghSelf-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887

Claude MonetThe Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog), 1903-1904

Johannes VermeerWoman with a Lute, 1662

Street sign for Fifth Avenue in New York

I love the Met so I thought I should educate you and myself a bit about the museum.  The main building of 190,000 m2 is one of the worlds largest art galleries and is located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is called Manhattans Museum mile. The museum mile is a section of Fifth Avenue on the beautiful Upper East Side. It runs from 82nd to 105th streets where nine museums are located and hold collections of the best art in the world. The museum mile is even 2 blocks longer than an actual mile.   The Met was founded in 1870 by a group of American businessmen, financiers, leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to bring art and art education to the American people by opening a museum and on February 20, 1872 their dream came true. Its first president was John Taylor Johnston, a railroad executive whose personal art collection seeded the museum that was originally located on 681 Fifth Avenue.

The museum has something for everyone. The permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity, Ancient Egypt,  paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. It has collections of  African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art. You can see interiors dated from 1st Century Rome through modern American design. It also carries collections of musical intruments, costumes  and accessories.

Current and amazingly beautiful exhibition at The Met: The Dawn of Egyptian Art.