Normal visiting hours for the Metropolitan Museum of Art are Tuesday through Sunday. As all New Yorkers know, the Met is CLOSED on Mondays. Closed dammit! However, the powers that be at the grand old Met have a terrific special arrangement called “Holiday Mondays”, where they open on, well, holiday Mondays. Since so many people are off from work, the Met generously opens its doors for the entirety of the three day weekend to encourage art viewing, strolling, and provide extra opportunity for cultural appreciation. Very nice.
This past Monday was President’s Day, and even though I did not have the day off (artist’s models aren’t exactly nine to fivers) I still had a small window of opportunity to stop into the Met. I decided to pull the old “squeezing something fun in between jobs” routine. It worked out quite well actually. I had the Monday morning long pose session at Spring Studios, then a 4:00 watercolor class at the National Academy, which is five blocks from the museum. So after grabbing a quick lunch and taking the Lexington line up the East Side, I had about an hour and a half to visit the Met. I’ll take it.
I mainly wanted to see the Pierre Bonnard exhibit, but after that I enjoyed a classic Museum stroll; a delicious, aimless meander, casual and improvised, drifting wherever my spirit and curiosity took me, taking in anything that entered my field of vision, looking at people as much as paintings, and snapping a few pictures to share with Museworthy readers.
The Met lobby, looking lovely as always, getting a head start on gorgeous early spring flowers. The Met is tops with flower arrangements. While they may have the best curators, they also have the best florists!
The Medieval Sculpture Hall is very centrally located. You’re forced to pass through it to get to the other galleries. It’s also an area where the security guards see you with your camera and remind you in no uncertain terms “NO FLASH!!”. Yeah, I know! Geez. Now I’m not Catholic, but after walking through the Medieval Sculpture Hall I feel like I have to go to confession. Haunting, heavy, and somber, you are confronted with more versions of Mary than you can handle. This Mary is from the 1400s:
Then it was on to the Greek and Roman Galleries, one of the most popular spots in the museum. As you can see, the Met was crowded that day. Holiday Mondays are quite the hit it seems.
As soon as I saw this scene I knew I had to capture it. A precious group of school children making crayon drawings amid the Greco-Roman art. I was smiling as I took this picture.
Well, hellooooo Athena! How ya’ doin’, girl?
Torso heaven. Bodies in stone, and the people who sketch them:
To my non-New Yorker readers, if you are ever visiting our city, go, go, go to the Metropolitan Museum. It is our pride and joy. Better yet, if you are ever in our city and want to visit the Met, call me first and we can do “the stroll” together :-) I’d like that.