Thursday, December 4, 2014

Faces of the Met


by Donato

Lucas van Uffel     detail    Anthony Van Dyke

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an incredible institution.  One of my favorite pastimes is to head to the Met on a Friday night when the Museum is open late and most tourists are staggering home or off to dinner.  The galleries are quieter (they are never empty!) and the mood is one of contemplation and introspection as a string quartet's music resounds within the main lobby.  It is a wonderful place to suppress worldly worries for a few hours.

I wanted to take in the art at the Met in a different way seeing this was likely well over my hundredth visit in the twenty plus years I have lived in New York.  I wanted to see the same art a bit differently, to come at it with a fresh perspective.  I decided to focus upon faces, to sample expressions and intrepretations from the thousands of humans staring back out at us through the history of art and to see see how various cultures and artists engaged their muse to speak to the future through their act of artistic expression.

The broad range of creativity, design, craft, and expression I experienced was staggering.  So much greater than I thought I would see.  I was amazed how every one of the faces (and body parts) struck me as profoundly beautiful and sublime.  It made me appreciate the diversity we enjoy through artistic expression, and recall that there is no universal truth to beauty, it is all in the eye of the beholder.

Behold...

(patience...as there are ~ 75 high resolution close-up images below!)

































































5 comments:

  1. Thanks Donato! Inspiring and beautiful.

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  2. Fantastic post! Thanks for reminding me again how very much I miss the Met.

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  3. Wonderful Donato. Even included the van Eyck, my favorite Met painting. I joked with the guard about stealing it. He wasn't amused. Pretty sure I could have out run him.

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  4. Now to go on a MET scavenger hunt for these particular pieces.....

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  5. these images are very nice. creativity is good. i like all.
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