A follow up to my recent blog-post titled The MET Sculpture Gardens, I want to share more photos with my readers.
One of my favorite sections of the MET is the American Wing, exhibits #700 – 774. Of particular interest is #700, the atrium, a stunningly beautiful room with an abundant amount of natural light. The first picture is looking south across the floor.
This second picture shows the view from the vantage of the southwest corner looking north from the 3rd floor balcony.
To follow the progression of the sunlight across the room on a late summer day was a memorable experience. It is clear that the architectural design of this room was given a tremendous amount of consideration in order to take full advantage of the building’s relation to the sun.
These works are tastefully arranged and the natural light of the room highlights the beauty of each creation
There are three sculptures that captivate my attention whenever I visit the MET. It is difficult to show the fine detail of a three dimensional object by sharing it in a one dimensional media. Therefore, I took the time to photograph these three sculptures at various times of the day and from many different angles. It is my hope that the selection of pictures I present here will give a better sense of the space in which these great pieces reside and the level of refined talent that these exemplary works embody. Some of the photos were taken from the upper balcony using the Sigma 70 – 300mm lens.
3 views of 3 beautiful female nudes.
Fragilina — This delightful work in white marble by Attilio Piccirilli (1866 – 1945) is from a small group of uncommissioned idealized female nudes finished in 1923. Delicate, petite, and yes, appearing to be quite fragile as a child. According to the sculptor, the lack of precise delineation of facial characteristics offers the observer “the opportunity to visualize his ideal of beauty.”
Next, is a striking work in bronze by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880 – 1980) titled The Vine. The dancer and model, Desha Delteil of the Fokine Ballet, was employed for this elegant and enchanting, 1923 work representing the “dance” of a vine arching, climbing and reaching toward the sunlight.
The final piece that I find exceptionally attractive is the work by Frederick Wellington Ruckstull (1853 – 1942), titled Evening. Created in 1891 this sculpture is so real in its proportions, lines and movement that it is as if we are viewing the incarnation of a spirit!
After this visit to the MET, Diane and I had reservations for an chic Chinese restaurant on the Upper-East Side called, Wa Jeal, A Sichuan Chili House. You can follow the previous link to review their entire menu and find their contact info. The easy walk of about 5 blocks from the museum gave us an opportunity to reflect on the lovely afternoon of sun-soaked visual stimulus.
It is unfortunate that there is extensive street construction in front of the place. I am sure it must have a negative impact on their business. Inside the small but charming room is comfortable. We were greeted and seated directly. The staff were knowledgeable in the details of the menu and the menu offers a good selection of hot and cold appetizers, a section listed as Chef’s menu and categories for beef, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood and veggies. We shared 3 appetizers– a cold sesame noodle that was perfect, Sichuan dumplings and Spring Rolls. The Spring Rolls were boring, the dumplings were deliciously savory. For the main course we split a lamb dish that was rich, spicy and complex, with flavors of ginger, garlic and spices. Out the door with tip and tax for about $60 was very nice meal with excellent service. I know I will be returning!
I hope you enjoy the pictures and links to further reading on the various related topics. Keep checking back, I intend to add more pics of other sections of the MET. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome and greatly appreciated.