Famous Paintings At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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					A tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, simply known as "the Met", is an
experience not to be missed by culture and fine art lovers. The permanent art
collection at the Met is huge and holds over 2 million artworks and objects, divided
into 19 categorical departments. Even for the art aficionado, an first visit to the Met
can be overwhelming with the museum grounds occupying over 2 million square feet
and spanning over a quarter mile. One could spent an unspeakable number of months
here viewing all of the different displays, antiquities, paintings, and other art form
here. If you're like most folks, you'll want to view the museum highlights. Here are
five to get you started:

1. Washington Crossing the Delaware - This painting commemorates General
Washington crossing the Delaware River, an event that kicked off the eventual victory
of the American colonies during the Civil War. This painting was created by German
American artist, Emanuel Leutze and contains some purposeful inaccuracies such as
the American flag in the background that was not yet created and the unlikely
overcrowding of the small dinghy. Interestingly, the original work was destroyed in
1942 by a British bombing raid during World War II but a full sized copy was created
in 1950.

2. Temple of Dendur - This Roman-style, Egyptian temple was constructed in 15 BC
for dedication to Osiris, the Egyptian god of the after life. This gargantuan monument
measures over 75 feet in length from front to rear and is decorated with reliefs carved
into the base, depicting the reeds and lotus plants of the Nile River. The preservation
and detail of the structure is amazing, also knowing that it was packed in over 600
crates and transported by ship, as a gift to the U.S. government from Egypt in 1965.

3. Madonna and Child - A 14th century panel painting by Italian artist Duccio di
Buoninsegna of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Despite this work's modest size, at 27.9 ?
21 cm, it marks a pivotal transition in European paintings from Medieval to
Renaissance ideals, by depicting Mary and Jesus as mother and son versus their later
depiction as deities. The painting is a recent addition to the Met Museum's permanent
collection and has become one of its prized masterpieces. It was purchased for an
undisclosed amount in excess of $45 million USD. Prior to its purchase by the Met, it
was the last known Duccio painting to be privately held.

4. Euphronios Krater - This ancient Greek krater, was used for mixing wine with
water. Dating back to 515 BC, this krater is the only complete surviving example of
the 27 terra cotta vases painted by the renowned artist Euphronios and is considered
one of the finest Greek vase artifacts in existence. The painted sides depict scenes
from the Trojan War and of Athenian soldiers arming themselves for war.

5. Wheat Field with Cypresses - A landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh during his
final days when he was a patient at the St-Remy mental asylum. The flowing brush
strokes and elongated canvas were characteristic of Van Gogh's paintings later in life.
During the few years before his death, Van Gogh resorted to painting landscapes as a
way to deal with his feelings of loneliness and depression. This painting is one in a
series of three. The others are located at the National Gallery of London and in a
private collection.

				
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