Sep 05

More MET Sculpture.

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.

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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.

The Ceramic and Glass displays on the 2nd and 3rd floors surrounding the atrium.

The Ceramic and Glass displays on the 2nd and 3rd floors surrounding the atrium.

 

A selection of hand blown colored, glass bottles.

A selection of hand blown colored, glass bottles.

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These works are tastefully arranged and the natural light of the room highlights the beauty of each creation

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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.”

Fragilina 1

Fragilina 1

Fragilina 2

Fragilina 2

Fragilina 3

Fragilina 3

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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.

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The Vine 1

The Vine 2

The Vine 2

The Vine 3

The Vine 3

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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!

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Evening 1

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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.

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    • Sabrina on December 30, 2013 at 5:03 am
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    I really like the colored glass bottles they are pretty and shiny. The sculptures are great and they convey a feeling of liberation for women. It is also a way to express the special beauty of the human form. I don`t think many Chinese restaurants in the US offer traditional Chinese food, because they will try to change the flavor of the food to suite the American palette. So, the food is quite different than what I am accustomed to. For example, a Chinese restaurant in our school will change the food into deep-fried food or add cheese inside. At the same time, many American restaurants will change the ingredients of Chinese dishes. Another example, pizza in China is more delicious than American. I have also noticed the burgers and beverages in KFC are much different than those in China.

    1. I am pleased that you enjoyed this article and photos. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC is a wonderful place to experience art from antiquity to the modern era. The room in which the sculptures shown in this article reside is a stunning place to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and Central Park is just outside the door. I hope you have an opportunity to visit New York someday.

    • Rachel on January 3, 2014 at 4:57 am
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    Hi, teacher Kevin. It is so enjoyable reading your blog with picture. The sculpture has amazing beauty which attracts my focus, especially for the last one “Evening”. I like the the sculpture in different shade of sun and light as if it can display/imply different thoughts under different light. The evening sculpture lady looks natural and beautiful for a mature female image. For sure, I like other sculpture pictures here as they have some kind of similar key: natural and beautiful. On top of that, the exhibition room is astonishingly special and magnificient, perfectly matches the art displays here. Thank you again for sharing the picture!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Rachel. I am pleased that you enjoyed the pics and so happy to hear from you again!

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