The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the largest art museum in the United States. It houses more than two million works of art. Our itinerary called for us to spend one morning there. So we had to choose what kind of art we most wanted to see and head directly there.
We opted to see the Impressionist artists and made a beeline for those rooms. It’s a large section with many adjoining areas. My favorites are here, including Auguste Renoir and his girls at the piano theme.
In this Renoir painting of Madame Charpentier and her family, we were surprised to learn that the younger child is her son Paul, dressed identically with his sister Georgette. How styles have changed.
Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings at The Met include the little known still life not mentioned in any of the artist’s letters. Scholars conclude that, because of the blues and earth tones, Van Gogh painted this at Auvers near the end of his life in 1890.
The View of the Domaine Saint-Joseph by Paul Cezanne is one of the few paintings this artist signed. It’s also the first Cezanne to enter an American art gallery. It was purchased during the historic Armory Show of 1913 for the highest price of any painting in that exhibition.
The café at The Met offers cafeteria-style food. Salads, sandwiches, and grilled selections are available, with a yogurt bar and cookies for dessert. After lunch, we headed out and hopped on the bus for more adventures. The foggy day cleared up somewhat, so we decided to check out the view from the top of the Empire State Building. From the 86th floor you can go all the way around for a 360-degree viewing of the city.
My favorite building in New York City is the Flatiron Building. It’s in the shape of a triangle, is 22 stories high, and is less than seven feet at its point. Built in 1902, it was called “Burnham’s Folly” by some people who were sure it would topple over. It’s still standing, folks.
IF YOU GO:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Suggested admission is adults $25, seniors $17, students $12, children free.
The Empire State Building is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets to the 86th floor observation deck are adults $34, seniors $31, and children $12.
The New York City Pass provides admission to both The Met and the Empire State Building. We used this and we were able to skip to the front of a long line at the Empire State Building, a big time saver!