The halls of ancient stones and galleries of historic paintings at The Metropolitan Museum breathe life and joy to visitors from around the world. The museum, located on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street, is open Sunday - Thursday 10 - 5:15 and Friday and Saturday 10 - 8:45.
The Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum is one of great interior spaces in New York City, surpassed only by the Main Concourse in Grand Central Station. Particularly noteworthy are the gracious monumental flower arrangements.
Turn left from the Great Hall into the Greek Galleries. Few walks lift the spirit quite as much as the thrilling stroll into sky lit Greek Grand Gallery. The Greek and Roman galleries still radiate from the Metropolitan’s spectacular renovations at the turn of the 21st century, especially the restoration of the central ceiling and the exquisite presentation of the art work with brilliant lighting and background colors.
The presentation of the objects follow the flow of history from Archaic to Classical to Hellenistic to Roman. Many more Greek works are displayed in the mezzanine up the stairs near the massive Corinthian column between the Greek Galleries and the Roman Court. Further up the stairs on the second floor are the magnificent Cesnola Cypriot Galleries, less renowned perhaps, but among the most beautifully presented rooms in the museum.
Beyond the massive Corinthian column is the lovely Roman Court, rich with sculptures and fresco paintings. The Roman Court is particularly delightful during the quiet hours after 7 p.m. when the museum is open late on Friday and Saturday nights.
From the Great Hall ascend the Great Staircase and go though the glass doors to the Old Master European Painting Galleries of Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, French, and English masterpieces.
On display are works by Giotto, Titian, El Greco, Tintoretto, Veronese, Velasquez, Goya, Van Dyck, Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Durer, Boucher, Fragonard, Watteau, Reynolds, Constable, and Gainsborough.
Ascend the Great Staircase and take a quick left, walking through the long corridor of Drawings to the 19th Century European Paintings. Here are many of the most famous masterpieces by the most beloved painters of the 19th century: Delacroix, Turner, Corot, Courbet, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Pisarro, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.
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