Tuesday, March 14, 2006

MANHATTAN DIARY: Brushes with greatness

One of the most fascinating things about New York City is its museums, where you can get up close and personal with the works of great artists, past, present and future.

I spent the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To be able to stand inches from a van Gogh masterpiece ... priceless. Can you identify these details from other great works hanging at the Metropolitan?

Top, Roy Lichtenstein; middle, Rembrandt; bottom, Picasso


Love, Rita said...

I was quite surprised that you were able to take photos of the masterpieces...flash photography is frowned upon in many places these days. I hope to someday see the museums of NY, though.

Did you get to see the area in Lower Manhattan where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood?

Have very much enjoyed your chronicles of the trip.

7:35 PM, March 18, 2006

Ron Franscell said...

Rita: Yes, the key word is "flash." These photos (and others) were taken in natural light, completely within the rules of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have some van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Frederic Remington, Winslow Homer and others, too.

My God, to stand inches from a Rembrandt, a Warhol or a Picasso is mind-bending. It warps your sense of reality, time and history. That's the real value of a museum, to stand up close to a creative work (or a sample of history) and to know the creator stood exactly where you were.

It's an experience that can be replicated on a smaller scale in Beaumont, Texas (or anywhere else) but to be in a single building where almost all of the world's great artists of the past 600 years are collected ... well, that's just magical.

East Side West Side said...

Really enjoyable reading your writings....being a native NYer who now lives in Minnesota, getting a visitors perspective is most enlightening. And yes, i was at MOMA last week. Incredible, to say the least. Starry Night and Water Lilies really blew me away, as did the Munch exhibit...almost 200 of his paintings! Maybe you can add something to my site? Thanks, and keep on writing.