5 Favorites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Good morning from NYC! Every time I come home for a visit, no matter how hectic it may be, I always find time for at least one hour in my favorite place in the whole world: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve visited hundreds of times, but with each visit I learn something new and see works of art with a completely different perspective.

Here are my 5 personal favorite pieces at the MET:

1. Fragment of the Head of a Queen (ca. 1353 – 1336 BC)
The mysterious remains of a statue dedicated to an unidentified Egyptian Queen. Egyptian Art, Gallery 121: Art of the Amarna Period

2. “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure” Michelangelo Buonarroti (ca. 1510 – 1511)
Michelangelo’s sketch to understand and explore the human body, later used for the Sistine Chapel, is one of the most precious works of art in the United States. Although it is not on display, private visits can be arranged with the museum to view it.

3. “Heart of the Andes” Frederic Church (1859)
Before televisions and smartphones, art was one of the most celebrated forms of entertainment and people spent hours analyzing and appreciating all the tiny details.  This huge oil painting recounts the artist’s trip to South America and the striking beauty he found there. The American Wing Gallery 760: History, Landscape and National Identity, 1850-75

4. “Mäda Primavesi” Gustav Klimt (1912)
Mäda Primavesi, daughter of a banker and actress, captures the audience with her strong and mesmerizing gaze, bringing the viewer into her whimsical and colorful world. Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery 829 – Fin de Siècle Avant-Garde 

5. “Reclining Nude” Amedeo Modigliani (1917)
The famous Jewish-Italian artist was inspired by the depictions of Venus during the Renaissance, but reinterpreted them with few – but powerful – details. Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery 901 The School of Paris

(photo credit: flickr.commetmuseum.org, wikipedia.comnvincent.files.wordpress.comwww.metmuseum.org)

Eidos Tweet: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso