Cultural Activity Report A visit to the Museum

I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is America’s largest museum of Art situated in Central Park, Manhattan Museum Mile, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY. United States New York City on 15th February 2014. This was an evening event, and I arrived at 4.00 PM, an hour before the time set for the event to begin, dressed like most people, in an after-five attire. I was in awe when I first arrived at the venue of the event, this being my first time in the museum. Various groups of people were at the festival, including students from different universities, colleges, and High Schools within and outside of the United States, as well as parents and their children. Others looked like lecturers and university professors, while others appeared to be media personalities, yet everyone seemed to mingle very casually with each other, curiosity having taken the best of nearly all of us.

Two pieces of Art impressed me the most during the event, the first of which was the Leaf from a Missal, which was said to have been made between 1270–1290 in Paris, France. The art item is believed to have been made by a material referred to as tempera and gold leaf on parchment, with a length of 8.75 inches by 5.875 inches or 22.2 cm by 14.9 cm. The piece of Art depicts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ accompanied by three other people facing the cross. The three people near the cross of Jesus are two women on each side of the cross, each bowing their head presumably out of reverence or respect of Christian deity. The third person is a male sitting at the foot of the cross, holding a cup to tap the blood dripping off the wounds of Christ. The culture from which the painting is made is French culture, and it is classified under the manuscripts and illumination category. At the top corner of the painting are set two angels, one from the right corner and the second one from the left corner, and each of them is carrying circular objects. The angel on the left side is holding the sun in his hands, whereas the one on the right is holding the moon in his hands, and both appear to be emerging from the clouds.

The other piece of Art that I found astonishing was the two shield bosses, which are dated to the 7th century and recorded as belonging to the Langobardic culture. The medium that was used to design the piece of Art is Iron, Copper alloy, and gold, which measures 7.5 inches in diameter, or 19 centimeters. The Art, which is categorized under shields, is credited to Rogers fund Bequest of Stephen Grancsay and remains in display in gallery 370. The shield bosses were meant to be attached to the actual shield, which was made of wood.

In conclusion, my visit to the museum was both educative and entertaining as I had the opportunity to interact with history of the medieval world. I also managed to acquaint myself with the nature of the people in the olden times, in which the first piece of art depicted a French culture or religion and the second piece depicted the Langobardic culture of war. All in all, the Metropolitan Museum of Art contains informative collections that are worth visiting.

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