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A Museum Visitation: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A Museum Visitation: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular museums that are located in the New York City and is also one of the ten largest museums in the world (Howe, 1914). I visited the Museum with some of my friends on 24th of February 2018 and on arriving at the Museum, I saw people from different continents, races, ethnic groups and all sorts of diversity. They all came to witness artistic cultural artifacts, fine arts, paintings, historical aspects, costume and much more. People were so eager to know about the past, trace the evolution of certain aspects and appreciate history as well. Upon arriving at the event, we were served with rules and regulations that governed the Museum and the relevant tour guides that would take us through the museum. I was so amazed at the turnout at the museum and was pleased to visualize historical aspects, artistic cultural artifacts and fine arts in reality rather than through any other platform. My presence at the museum made me fell heroically intelligent, peaceful and I was also blown away by the appearance of artworks and artifacts.

At the museum, there were various kinds of artworks and cultural artifacts that were done in the past and still exist to date. Their presence at the museum provides a photographic memory, innate knowledge about the past, and perfect sense about the universe as well as chaos because of the contradictions that the artists portray. In the real world, things may seem the way they are but according to the imaginations and creativity of artists, the universe is viewed from a different angle. At the Museum, I came across an artwork of an Italian Painter done in the 1500 AD. The artwork represented the theological aspects of theological virtues which include Hope Faith and Charity (Weitzmann, 1979). Through the art, the artist (Umbrian) represented fidelity through the dog, a pelican to symbolize Christ’s sacrifice and Phoenix at the feet of hope to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. Most of the Christians come to view this art and figure out the representation of the artist while relating it to the Bible.

There is also the art of Virgin and child in a niche which was done by Netherlandish Painter in the 1500AD. The painting reflects Van Eyck’s popularity on child and virgin at the fountain. The artist opted to adopt the standing figure of the virgin that is embracing her child in a loving manner but characterized her with a gothic niche complimented with statuettes of Isaiah and Moses of the Old Testament. The painting also personalized the Synagogue and the church (Weitzmann, 1979).

The event was successful, detailed and chronological because dates and years were strictly observed. The tour guides were knowledgeable about the occurrence of events and they were very professionals in describing the different artworks and artifacts. At the Museum, there was detailed information attached to all the fine arts and artifacts to provide in-depth knowledge also to also help visitors to appreciate the significance of history and the roles played by the museum. The event was also characterized by orderliness, timeliness, and accuracy in all aspects. There were also different artifacts and artworks that needed interpretation due to the creativity and contradictions of artists. The tour guides played a great role in impacting us with the knowledge that was somehow difficult to translate. After the event, I felt more knowledgeable, intelligent and I found the reason to appreciate artworks and artifacts as well as view the world in a different perspective. Just like the way artists come up with their own creativity and creations, I was able to develop critical thinking and also find a way of transforming life. Viewing the world in a different perspective is what artists teach us to learn.

Reference

Howe, W. E. (1914). A history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a chapter on the early institutions of art in New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Weitzmann, K. (Ed.). (1979). Age of spirituality: late antique and early Christian art, third to the seventh century: a catalogue of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, November 19, 1977, through February 12, 1978. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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