A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
What makes a masterpiece? In this visually stunning high definition production, A World of Art, the magnificence of America's premier art museum lights up the screen.
One of the architectural glories of New York, the Met stretches 1000 feet along Fifth Avenue. Inside is a dazzling three dimensional encyclopedia of world art, radiating 5,000 years of artistic history.
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was built on the shoulders of capitalism: J.P. Morgan, Havemeyer, Lehman, Rockefeller, and Annenberg are just a few of the names behind the Met's collections.
Met is the largest art museum in the United States with among the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries.
Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art.
The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met's galleries.
Stolen artifacts from around the world.
this is the first of the museum series that I see and it was great! I would like to have a bit more information on the building itself though. Very nice and diverse art collection, I especially like the fact that one can observe all major civilisations and get a wholly idea of the world and how it's evolved artistically! I am certainly visiting the MET art museum!!
on the subject of stolen art, i used to work with a cat whose gramps was a former nazi who ran to Chile with a couple of very valuable paintings. Carlito inherited them, and being the not so bright type, offered them on the legit market. he got a "bite" from a collector from the UK, who showed a huge interest in purchasing both. he would, however, require Carlito and the paintings to come to England, so that his expert could verify authenticity. to sweeten the deal, he even offered to pay traveling expenses. of course, Carlito jumped at the chance. paintings carefully crated, plane tickets in hand, Carlito hopped a plane to London. on arrival, the paintings were put on a customs hold. after a few hours, Carlito was informed the hold was lifted, and to come pick up his artwork. of course, what he found was a pair of amateurish copies, carefully boxed in the finest Brit cardboard money can buy, lol. the expert, after an incredibly brief peek, informed him that they were fakes. the "buyer" was at least kind enough to still provide his return ticket home. the originals were returned to the the heirs of whatever poor soul the nazis had "liberated" them from. chalk one up for the "good guys", rofl. Carlito, to his credit, had enough of a sense of humor to laugh about it whenever he told the tale.
Time well spent. Thanks for this one.
I really enjoyed that, thank you.
it would be interesting to know just how much art JP Morgan robed from the rest of the world.