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The Metropolitan Museum Of Art In NYC & Its Top Masterpieces. What To See At The Met?

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art In NYC & Its Top Masterpieces. What To See At The Met?
Ignacio Zara

With thousands of works of art on display and two million square feet of exhibition space, sometimes it’s difficult to plan our visit at the Met in NYC. What to see? Here, my favorite masterpieces. Enjoy different artistic times and cultures. Because art is everywhere!

“Ugolino and His Sons” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1865–67). One of the most tragic sculptures I have ever seen. What do you think? Starving to death, Ugolino’s children beg their dad to eat them!

“Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga” by Goya (1784–1792). Goya is the father of Modern painting and one of the masters of every time. He is able to show the horror (Black Paintings) but also the tenderness of an innocent child. If you visit the Met, don’t miss this portrait.

“Winter Scene in Moonlight” by Henry Farrer (American, London 1844–1903 New York). I love the peace of this landscape. What a blues!

Altarpiece Dedicated to Buddha Maitreya from the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534). How delicate and spiritual is Asian art!

“Wheat Field with Cypresses” by Vincent van Gogh (1889). What to say of a major Post-Impressionist painter? Gorgeous!

Bronze chariot inlaid with ivory from the Etruscan period. The piece transports you back in time to the beginnings of Western civilization! Did everything start there?

Head of a Queen Mother (Iyoba) from Nigeria (1750–1800). Admire this sculpture from Benin, because the Met is one of the most important museums to compare cultures all around the world.

Mayan relief with enthroned ruler (8th c.) Pre-columbian cultures are quite unknown. However, this beautiful relief mesmerizes us with its portrayal of complicated costumes, and ceremonies.

“The Unicorn is Attacked” (from the Unicorn Tapestries in the Cloisters). Did you know that the unicorn represents the immortality? Go to the Cloisters to experience a mystic feeling.

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