Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the largest art collections in the world. The museum also known as The Met is an enormous, marvelous architectural structure that takes up the entire block on 82nd street in Manhattan. The Met has around two billion art pieces stored and displayed in its art galleries. Entering inside, I recognized myself going back into time, into a time period where people traded ideas and learned from each other.
It is a sat, where their ordinary tools, sculptures, or paintings are reflections of their culture and time period. These tools, sculptures, or paintings have been found and saved throughout history and are being shared for the world to view, admire, and learn from. During my visit at the museum, I viewed three exhibitions, Egyptian Art, Greek and Roman Art, and Ancient Near Eastern Art. My first exhibition I viewed was Egyptian art. The exhibition was being displayed into three subdivisions of time.
The first was the Old Kingdom (3000-2155 CE), followed by the Middle Kingdom (2134-1785 BC), and ending with the New Kingdom 1500-1162 BC). My first gallery or art piece I viewed was the “Tomb of the Courtier Pepper”. The tomb displayed ancient Egypt art and architecture. When entering the tomb, you notice the Egyptian hieroglyphs on the tomb’s wall. It was truly amazing to view color on the hieroglyphics on a wall from 2500 BC. It was truly a site to see! The corridors or passageways of the tomb itself was very narrow.
The average American is much bigger in size than an Egyptian back in 2500 BC. One can only imagine the little space a worker had to construct this tomb. One mistake in the construction, could have possibly ad a wall collapse on them and very little space to escape a tragedy. It was a bit of a hassle entering and exiting the tomb! Exiting the tomb of Pepper, noticed a lion figure, “Recumbent Lion”. This magnificent statue is made out of granite and it seemed to guard the tomb itself. According to “The Mess” website, “… Lion figure must once have guarded the entrance to a pyramid-age sanctuary.
As the most powerful predator…. Of the Nile Valley the lion was a symbol of royalty… “. The lion was a protector and a symbol of royalty and riches. The texture of the lion was rough but for the most part very even and symmetrical. Learning in class Egyptian wood was a rare material to come by. Wood was a form of luxury in Egypt. The next art work that caught my attention was the “Statue of Spunkiest’. Was mesmerism’s to see Acacia wood from 2528 BC live in person. Noticing the statue, you can see there is still red paint on the wood.
Unfortunately, the statue is damaged and with wood, you need to be extra careful due to the environment and humidity, wood could possibly crack off and in this case you can notice the significant damage the statue has. The next object that was eye raising, was the “Large and Small Tubular Wig Ornaments” sass BC. The object was a modern day wig an Egyptian has worn. It was truly remarkable to view a wig with gold ornaments from that time period. Another luxury an Egyptian would get if they were royalty was gold sandals and gold toe and finger stalls. “Gold Sandals, Toe and Finger Stalls”, were for funeral use only for royalty only.
These pieces were found from the tomb of the three minor wives of Outmost Ill. These similar objects were also found on the hands and feet of Tutankhamen mummy. While exploring the Egyptian Art collection, I entered into the “Temple of Denude”. I was mesmerism’s by the scale of the temple and the architecture it encompassed. The capital of the columns caught my eyes. The capital of the columns symbolizes lotus blossoms and I noticed at the temple entrance is an image of a sun and wings. The wings I associated with the sky god, Hours in which we learned in class.
The hieroglyphs were inside the temple, outside the temple, there was no location that didn’t notice where hieroglyphs were engraved. Throughout my exploration of Ancient Egypt, I noticed a lot of colors. Egyptians were very keen on colors, and beautiful colors from blue, red and yellow. All three kingdoms, the Old Kingdom (3000-2155 BC), followed by the Middle Kingdom (2134-1785 BC), and ending with the New Kingdom (1500-1162 BC) all were very colorful. It seemed Egyptians were a very colorful culture. The sculptures and architectural objects were truly an amazing art work to view and admire.
The layout of the exhibition was ideal and it made sense to travel from the Old Kingdom, to Middle Kingdom and ending with the New Kingdom. Color was not the only thing I noticed being repeated in each kingdom, lion objects or Statues were also present in all three kingdoms. This exhibition took me back into Ancient Egypt and admired their sculptures f gods to their daily life objects from jewelry to chairs. Was truly amazed by all the art pieces in the exhibition. Next exhibition I encountered was the Greek and Roman Art. The exhibition was organized by century, from prehistoric and early Greek art to 3rd century AD.
In the Greek and Roman art exhibition, I noticed a significant amount of war type materials, shields, armor, and weapons compared to the Ancient Egyptians exhibition. The “Roman Helmet” displays a lot of cover for the face against any blow. I wonder the mobility and comfort level of one’s head with a headpiece of this kind. The design is made by hand, no machinery was used o implant the design into the helmet. Each helmet would have been designed by hand which is truly remarkable the man hours put in to forge this material. Once again, lions appear in the exhibition just as the Ancient Egyptians.
This lion, “Marble Statue of a Lion” is different compared to the Egyptian one. It is defined significantly more with muscles, rib cage, and hair on the statue. But it has the same purpose as the Ancient Egyptian one, lions were used as tomb monuments or as guardians. Same purpose but different design. Further allow my exploration, I couldn’t not miss the enormous section of he “Marble Column from the Temple of Artemisia at Saris”. It is a beautiful column and if the column was complete it would have stood over fifty-eight feet high! The architectural flow from bottom to top of the column is a thing of beauty.
One can only imagine the engine emerging behind the structure this column supported. As a construction manager myself, I truly admire an art piece of this kind. Next art work that grabbed my attention was the “Bronze statuette of Cobble on a cart drawn by lions”. Cobble is known as the “Great Mother”. The two lions pulling her chariot was what really caught my attention. Lions again ere being displayed throughout the Greek and Roman art exhibition. The lions were very detailed, from the teeth, to the hare, and the even the claws on the lions. This was truly an amazing piece of art to admire.
The entire art piece is made up of bronze. The detail in Cobble was astonishing her draped clothing to her fingers holding the objects in her hands and her feet sticking out of her draped clothing. Draped robe made out of bronze is truly a hard design to make. The flow from top to bottom of her clothing is very well balanced and realistic. My last exhibition I visited was the Ancient Near East gallery. The first art ark I viewed was the “Vessel terminating in the head of a ram” which was a gauntlet of some sort with a ram animal figure made up of silver. The detailing in the art work is was stood out to me the most.
The way the shape of the ram’s horns are symmetrical and the art work is a cylindrical shape is a true example of workmanship. The indentations on the ram’s horns all perfectly lined up. Unfortunately, the Chinese Asian art exhibition was temporarily closed for renovations on the day went to visit. One piece of artwork/architectural work that stood out the most to me is the Temple of Denude displayed in the Ancient Egyptian exhibition. The temple was built around the year 15 BC and originally stood near the left bank of the Nile River near an ancient town of Tutsis.
Egyptian temples were not an easy structure to build. They were designed for funeral purposes, religious and ceremonial events were to occur in these temples and these temples were made to be sacred ground. The temple was moved to America to save it from being flooded and destroyed from a nearby lake, Lake Nausea. The temple of Denude is from early Roman period, built during the rule of Augustus for both religious and esthetics purposes. The temple was built to honor the gods Isis, Hoarseness and Souris. The temple is constructed from sandstone and measures 82 feet from the front gate to the rear of the actual temple.
The temple base is decorated with carvings of papyrus and lotus plants growing out of the water of the Nile. Above the temple gate, a sun disk is engraved with wings which symbolizes god Hours representing the sky. On the outer walls of the temple Emperor Augustus as a pharaoh is praying and making offerings to the gods. Throughout the inner and outer walls of the temple, all surfaces are engraved. The layout Of the temple house is well designed and executed with two front columns, an offering hall and a sanctuary. The shape of the temple house is relatively basic, two walls, one ceiling, all shaped as rectangles.
The only other shape that can be found in the temple are the circular columns located in the front of the temple house. The entire temple is symmetrical if you do a cut down the middle from north to south elevation. The texture of the temple is bumpy, rough, and a little sandy. The color of the temple is all the same color of sand. No paintings in the Temple of Denude were found. My visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art was truly an eye opener. It is significantly better to view these objects we review in class in person.
We can view these art works from different angles and could discover something new we never noticed viewing it from a book. We could have a better understanding of the object when we view it live. These exhibitions apply to art and history together. These work of arts were created in modern time during their own time period and was either intended to be a work of art or history made them into one. History and the people have allowed for the purport nits to save these ancient relics to enjoy the viewing of the objects from the average Joe to a scholar. Overall highly enjoyed my visit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.