Essay about The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

2053 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, is the most famous museum in New York City, and the largest museum in North America. The Met also owns a museum in far Upper Manhattan called “The Cloisters”, which predominantly showcases various forms of art from the medieval period. Although, I will be talking about the main Met compound located at 1000 Fifth Avenue. The Met’s permanent collection is comprised of art from an expansive range of culture and various time periods within said cultures. Some of these genres include Greek, Roman, Egyptian, European, Medieval, Modern, American, Native American, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander. These collections showcase art, history, and artifacts of the given genre. In addition to this, there are often temporary exhibits of various content.

When you first see the exterior of the Met, it is striking. The size and beauty of its architecture are truly a sight to behold. This is especially so at night, in my opinion. The Met’s primary façade is on 82nd Street and 5th Avenue, and is a large tourist attraction on its own. It is one of New York’s primary architectural triumphs. The façade is constructed entirely of limestone. Tremendous columns surround arches at the top of a set of beautifully crafted stairs. Although constructed in 1902, the facade we see today has its roots in classical era architectural style; which is comprised of Greek and Roman elements of architecture developed during the classical era. The…

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