More Central Park Photos
|The Carousel....this is for you, Lo!|
Inside the Metropolitan Museum
|Inside the Egyptian Room, gazing out through the window and seeing some blue sky! In yesterday's post, you saw this window, shot from the outside....this entire section of the Museum is shaped as a pyramid!|
Part of the Temple of Dendur, discovered in the 1880's..... it is quite large - you can walk inside and see some of the 1800 version of graffiti.... consisting of the archaeologists etching their names on the inside walls!
My most adored piece in the entire Museum.....the Tiffany Fountain.
It consists of thousands of mosaic tiles.....they form this lovely portrait of an Italian Villa, complete with Swans. In the centre, there is a real fountain which splashes gently..... years ago, as a child, I was given a journal with a reproduction of this fountain on the cover. I remember my first visit to the Met, turning a corner and - gasp - there was *my Fountain*..... I was in love! I would visit it regularly any time I was at the museum....until four years ago, it was moved into storage..... you can imagine my delight when I found it was back!
|A close-up of some of the fountain detail..|
Here are some more Tiffany *Jewels*
There was also a special exhibit of Albrecht Durer, the famous German Painter, Printsman and Art Theorist. I loved seeing some of his astounding work.
And....a fabulous exhibit featuring the astounding designs of Elsa Schiaprelli and Miuccia Prada. Though 50 years separate these two ladies, there are similarities in their concept of how to clothe women - and yes, some men too. I was amused to see that some of the Mannequins moved their eyes and smiled like the ones in Jean Paul Gaultier's Exhibit. (But, alas, they didn't talk!)
The exhibit just opened the day prior to my being there.....and...ironically (and proving just what a *small world* it really is), as I was exiting the exhibit, I heard someone call out *Robin*......I looked around - and there was one of my SF Opera Colleagues! She was in NY to see *The Ring* and a few plays.... Now the Met is a HUGE museum...and the odds of our meeting there - at that precise moment - was too funny!
The other Museum I visited is also a favourite - the Frick.
The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels and oriental rugs. The Frick Collection was founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist. At his death, Mr. Frick bequeathed his New York mansion and the most outstanding of his many art works to establish a public gallery for the purpose of “encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts.” I love to spend an afternoon here...it is much smaller than the Met but just lovely....a real jewel box of a museum.
|The Inner Garden Courtyard.....one can sit here and dream away.....or rest one's feet after a day of absorbing all of this art!|
Back in Central Park.... I had hoped to catch the beautiful Lamps that dot the park as they begin to shine, *Glow-Worm like* at twilight....they are even more beautiful when it is dark out....but I was tired and needed to return to my hotel, take my shoes off and have a glass of wine....so this is the best i could do!
And....there was some time for.....Shopping! My favourite store in all the world - and that includes Harrods! Bergdorf Goodman!!! I did buy two things....a sweater and a dress....of course, my Bergdorf's account was inactive after four years.....but....the sales associate quickly *re-activated* me.....and I was off, carrying my coveted Lilac Shopping Bag! A-ha-ha!
So here I am home....in the Foggy City By the Bay.... but I had a glorious time...and here are some of my *souvenirs*!
Tomorrow....my meeting with Bofie! (You KNOW I had to save that for Animal Wednesday!)
♥ Robin ♥