Cultural activity report

Introduction

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the largest art museum in the United States. It has over 2 million pieces of art dating back to all periods, including the middle ages, early modern period, up to the present. It has works of art pieces from all cultures in history. The museum is always open, and the visit to the museum happened on February 2014. The museum had all types of visitors ranging from tourists, students, children, families, and other groups of people. This report discusses the visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the information and description of three unique pieces of art, and the overall reaction to the pieces of art found at the museum.  

Literature review

Fine art pieces are items made out of human creativity. They are works of art that people develop mainly for aesthetic, artistic, or visual purposes. The fine arts pieces that date back in history include paintings, sculpture, music, architecture, and poetry. Today’s fine art includes additional pieces ranging from photography, conceptual art, and film. Fine art museums are buildings or galleries where visual art pieces with permanent value are preserved and displayed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one such museum that displays works of art from all periods and from different origins. Fine arts museums store and display works of art pieces dating from ancient times to the contemporary art pieces. 

Pieces of art found

The first thing to notice about the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the magnificent appearance and the numerous number of visitors that trickle in at any given time. There were also several breathtaking art pieces displays during the visit. Just standing in the museum building with so much history and stunning works of art is mind-blowing

Of all the acres of fine art pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, three pieces of art stand out;

  1. Self-portraits of Van Gogh 
  2. The Viennese piano- Grand Piano Ferdinand Hofmann
  3. The Anhalt carpet

Discussion

The self-portraits of Van Gogh are displayed at gallery 826 at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York. Most of these paintings show the face of a man, who is still the painter. The museum has more than twenty art pieces by Van Gogh. The outstanding self-portrait of Van Gogh is the Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (obverse: The Potato Peeler) Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-Sur-Oise). The beauty of this portrait is the technique and color theory that the painter used. An interesting feature of this fine art piece is that it depicts the painter’s face as it appeared in a mirror. 

The Grand Piano Ferdinand Hofmann (Austrian, 1756–1829) Viennese piano is a beautiful cherry wood piano found on display at Gallery 684 at the museum. It is displayed with other musical instruments, mostly Viennese pianos, but this particular one catches the eye. The architectural décor of the piano is typical of the Viennese pianos with knee levers and a knob that operates a mute. It also has a five-octave range with a double string for the bass, which is customary in Mozart’s day (Libin, 1989). 

The Anhalt carpet dates back to the mid-16th century, with origins from Iran. Displayed in gallery 462, this piece of art is in excellent condition and has unique colors of yellow fields. The carpet has scrolling vines and a medallion located at the center with some peacocks in the fields. This design is similar to the Persian tiles that date back to the sixteenth-century, whiles the central medallion has a similarity with contemporary book covers. The most attractive feature of this Anhalt carpet is how it has been preserved, the color blending, and the visual impact it has. 

Summary

This is an inspiring place to visit, especially for those who live around New York or those visiting. After the visit to the museum, I got a better understanding and appreciation of art exhibitions for different cultures and in various periods of history. Due to its large size of the museum with numerous structures, it is an adventure to navigate through the museum. The best thing about the museum is the wonderful paintings with influences from Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, both modern and old. My visit was divided into two parts, two hours in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. There were acres of art exhibits, but the self-portraits of Van Gogh, the Grand Piano Ferdinand Hofmann Viennese piano, and the Anhalt carpet from Persia stand out. All the three pieces of art are dated from 1600 AD to the present. 

Conclusion

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses the best art pieces throughout history and from different rich cultures. The museum has special pieces of art that are worth going through, but the pieces of art that really caught my attention are the self-portraits of Van Gogh, the Grand Piano Ferdinand Hofmann Viennese piano, and the Anhalt carpet. 

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