On an early Spring morning I met a friend at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had decided to get together during a weekday at the time of opening to drift through the museum. At 10AM the MET is a tranquil place. While attending Pratt I visited the MET with great regularity, but not recently. It’d been almost a year since I had last, and for the first time, from the moment I approached the MET’s beautiful front plaza on Fifth Avenue, the museum felt very familiar to me.
I decided to try something new: I didn’t take a map with me through the museum.
It was a very freeing experience. I found that even if I didn’t recognize where I was while in one of the smaller rooms or passageways, I was always no more than a room away from immediately regaining my internal compass. The exciting part about walking through the museum in this way was that because I always knew where I was, it allowed me to really enjoy all of the amazing visuals the MET has to offer. Everything inside the museum is part of its charm. It’s a masterpiece in Gesamtkunstwerk. That’s a great term taught to me my sophomore year of high school by my art mentor Mrs. Iacovone. It’s a theory of artistic creation in which the total sum of our surroundings is tied into the overall creative expression. The MET itself is art. Soaking all of that in was incredibly rich. It also dawned on me, hey, that’s growth! This internal compass we have works for life too. Even when we think we’re lost, we’re almost always one move away from regaining our footing. All we need is a little patience and consciousness.
Take a look at some photos from the excursion below.
Looking south along Fifth Avenue and 77th Street
Looking North alongside the Museum
Outside of the museum
Part of the northern hall of Medieval art
The main gates of the Medieval art wing
Peering towards the balcony of the main hall of the Arms and Armor wing
A late 18th century dining room on the upper floors of the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Wing, is lit amber in the morning light
A moodily lit series of rooms inside the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts wing
Peering up the steps to the main staircase inside The Great Hall
Looking east past the sculpture hall towards Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park
Rodin’s Sculpture Wing
Peering down the main staircase towards The Main Hall’s entrance
Looking towards Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze‘s 1851 oil on canvas of George Washington crossing the Delaware River inside the American Wing
The main hall of the American Wing
A hall inside the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Wing