Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Visit to Ancient Egypt...

...Via the Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
 
 
 
I kept my resolution to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art weekly. Yes, this is only the second week and yes, I have signed up for a series of lectures on Japanese art, but I know how easily resolve can fly out the window, even with the best of intentions. 
 
 
The day surpassed my expectations. The lecture was outstanding. I rarely choose a seat in the front row for anything, but my assigned seat was the one closest to the lecturer. I could hear perfectly and being so close engaged my interest completely. I realized very quickly how little I know about Japanese art, but I will make several visits to the galleries to see the works that were discussed.
 
 
 
As I was walking to the auditorium for the lecture I realized I was walking quickly with my focus on getting settled before the program. I had plenty of time and stopped for a minute and looked around the area where I was standing. 
 
 
I was walking through the treasures of Ancient Egypt as though I was in the drugstore looking for paper towels. It was a "stop and smell the roses" moment and the best lesson of the day. I stopped and really looked at the treasures surrounding me. I hadn't planned to share Egyptian art today, but that's where my heart took me. I really looked at what was in front of me, and want to share some of the pieces that I saw. 
 
 
 
 
I took this picture thinking of my friends who love cats.
 
 
I had a wonderful visit today -- both for the art I saw and thoughts I took away. I am so looking forward to my visit next week -- both for the lecture and for whatever place in the museum my heart will take me.
 
As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and I hope the first glimmers of spring are visiting you.


12 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

I appreciated this blog visit to Egypt. When I was a child I wanted to be an archaeologist, but as I got older I was talked out of it. My heart still longs for that way of life. I so appreciate the relics from that time.

Elaine Sipos said...

Gotta love living in the City! And you are taking full advantage!

heather gilmour said...

Museums are great way to travel around the world wihout moving even an inch. Everyone can leanr so many things there.

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Sola Scriptura said...

What a fun place to visit!!

Nellie said...

What an amazing opportunity! Thank you for sharing this wonderful art with us!

BJ PUP said...

When I first retired I took a subscription to the Met. Somehow i let it lapse. I need to renew.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You are so fortunate to live in NYC. There is always something interesting to see or do.

Deanna said...

Oh I love that you have committed to visiting the museum weekly. And that you had a "smell the roses" moment. We all need to do that regularly!!

Ida said...

How neat to visit the museum and view the Egyptian Art. I think they were a fascinating people.
Loved the cat. Reminds me of the saying, "Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as Gods, Cats have never forgotten this!"

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful!!! One day, one day, one day....NYC. Blessings

Susie said...

Buttercup, What wonderful things you get to see there in your museums. That is a very good idea to visit often to take it all in. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It must be so interesting to go to the lectures at the Met Museum, Carol. If you ever have a chance to visit the Brooklyn Museum you will find they also have one of the finest collections of ancient Egyptian sculpture in the world.