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Quiet Spaces at the Met: A Short List

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A May 2006 trip to New York by Hun Ohm

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Quote: In a museum where everything is a masterpiece, a few suggestions for quiet viewing.

Quiet Spaces at the Met: A Short List

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Overview

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In a city that has numerous topnotch art collections, one could spend many, many hours exploring other venues without repetition or boredom, and yet there I am, revisiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s galleries again, and again, and again. There’s no denying it: I am very fond of the Met. After all, it is one of most impressive and comprehensive art museums in the world, with works from nearly every continent and every major artistic movement. It has breadth and depth. Masterpieces and lesser-known works. Rooms where there is good reason for the elbow to elbow jostling, and rooms where you wonder why there aren’t more people—and are grateful that there aren’t. There is so much to discover here tha...Read More

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Attraction | "The Met - Quiet Spaces: Asian Art Wing"

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Quiet Spaces: Asian Art WingBy Hun OhmThe Asian Art wing contains works from all across the continent and is well worth a visit. From exquisite celadon vases to imposing stone guardians, the collection is comprehensive and, though popular, not nearly as crowded other wings. Here are a couple of the quiet spaces that will transport you to another realm.The Astor CourtBased off of a place known as the "Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets" in Suzhou, this Ming scholar’s garden is a must. The walls, openings and flaring roofs expand the space dramatically. Limestone rock formations are placed carefully around the courtyard, accompanied by the sigh...Read More

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Attraction | "The Met - Quiet Spaces: The Ladies of Sargent"

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Quiet Spaces: the Ladies of SargentBy Hun OhmThe Met has one of the most impressive collections of American art in the world. You can very easily spend your entire visit exploring the nooks and crannies of this wing, including the Henry R. Luce Center, where you will get a glimpse of the extraordinary wealth of works that are not currently on prominent display. The array is bewildering, and you will begin to understand just how much thought must go into the curatorial decision-making process.The LadiesThat decision-making process is evident in the Frank A. Cosgrove, Jr. galleries, where a set of John Singer Sargent paintings have long held quiet court;...Read More

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Attraction | "The Met - Quiet Spaces: the First Floor Rooms"

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Quiet Spaces: the First Floor RoomsBy Hun OhmBetween the cavernous galleries and grand balconies, there are a number of small rooms that provide glimpses into what people have envisioned to be the pinnacle of design and dwelling. They are almost never overrun, and visitors who spend more than a perfunctory amount of time in each will be rewarded.Frank Lloyd Wright roomI have never had the chance to make it out to Taliesin or Falling Water. The Johnson Wax headquarters remain just a brief flicker on the TV screen. However, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and personality have intrigued me; thus, this room on the first floor of the American Wing is always on th...Read More

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Attraction | "The Met - Quiet Spaces: Individual Works"

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Quiet Spaces: Individual WorksBy Hun OhmIf you only have one visit, you may be more inclined to head for some of the greatest hits, perhaps the Impressionist paintings or the Temple of Dendur. You will undoubtedly have more than enough choices, but if you’re looking for some exquisite but often ignored pieces, here are a few individual works that merit lengthy observation.Duccio’s Madonna and ChildThis very early work (1300) by the Renaissance master only recently entered the Met’s collection for an astonishing sum of money (reportedly in the $40-plus million range). It is a significant work, one of the earliest instances in which the reli...Read More

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