Once every couple of months I love to take a Friday afternoon and evening off from the studio and stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see some old 'friends', and discover some new ones.
It is always a wonderful visit, with a quartet playing in the main lobby entry hall, and most of the crowds off to dinner. For not everyone realizes that the Met is open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday. It is an excellent time to have the art to yourself and a few other die hard 'cognoscente'.
Enjoy the tour!
The Room of Rembrandts
Edwin Austin Abbey
John White Alexander
A new Sargent in the American Wing! A brilliant piece...can you spot the two deer in the dappled light?
Here is a hidden secret. On the second floor of the American Wing is one of the storage areas which is glassed in. There is some amazing art to discover in these corridors!
One of these discoveries . H.O. Walker...who? Stunning work none the less by a previously unknown artist to me.
One of the Met's Maxfield Parrishs. You can see how they rate illustrators as I have never seen this image out on the main floors, but there is always space for plenty of deserted rooms filled with modern art. Don't get me started!
I always have to nod hello to the knights in armor.
Lastly, this entryway to the American Wing says it all.
Many have passed before, and many more will do so in the future. I am grateful to have the chance to live in this city with institutions that share the best of what artists have offered up to the world.