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Emily Sloan-Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Emily Sloan-Pace

The experience of being moved to tears by art is not entirely foreign to me. I will tell you, in all honesty, that I can feel a van Gogh in the room. His art exudes an emotional quality, at times a frenzied desperation.

Let Them Eat Cake

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

We call on the Metropolitan Museum to commit to clear and unambiguous signage (in big letters) informing all visitors that its fee of $25 is only recommended and that any monetary contribution will be acceptable for admission.

82nd & Fifth: HEAD OF CLASS by Stuart Pyhrr

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.28.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This helmet's design features a siren whose tail splits into two and curls up on each side into a thick acanthus scroll. "You have a sense of an indep...

82nd & Fifth: THE DARK LORD by Kurt Behrendt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This work depicts the Buddhist deity Mahakala, which means the "great dark one" or "blackness," standing on a corpse and holding a knife and a skull. ...

82nd & Fifth: CENTERPIECE by Carlos A. Picón

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This statue of the god Dionysus is a Roman copy of a Greek original. The Greek work would have been a religious cult figure in a temple; the Roman obj...

82nd & Fifth: SHE by Jason Sun

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This statuette was made in China during the Golden Age of the Tang Dynasty, when a woman sat on the throne. "It also tells us a lot about human nature...

82nd & Fifth: IDENTITY by Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.23.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This mechanical table's hidden buttons and wind-up mechanism almost magically revealed secret compartments. "This furniture allowed you to move in cer...

Janetta Rebold Benton: Medieval Scholar, Modern Wit

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Our conversation covered a wide range of topics and as we stopped before pieces that caught our eyes, we were treated to Janetta's encyclopedic knowledge of all things medieval.

82nd & Fifth: BREAKTHROUGH by Thomas P. Campbell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Faded as it is, damaged as it is, it still almost moves me to tears that it survives." --Director Thomas P. Campbell on this rare Netherlandish tapes...

82nd & Fifth: EXPOSURE by Freyda Spira

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Albrecht Dürer employed merchants to sell this print across Europe; the work even made its way to India. "Prints interest me because they circulate i...

82nd & Fifth: BRICKS by Sarah B. Graff

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

These lions are made of individual bricks of clay, a formless material that through shaping, molding, and firing, became a beautiful, perfected thing....

82nd & Fifth: DOOMED by Sabine Rewald

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Otto Dix strove to capture the essence of a person. For example, the green, black, and brown in this work--the colors of money--reflect the sitter's p...

World's Most Beautiful Museums

Budget Travel | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

There's nothing like a relaxing afternoon spent basking in the glory of world-famous paintings and sculptures -- not to mention picking up a keepsake in the museum shop. Here, our favorite collections of art, and suggestions for must-see masterpieces and gift-shop grabs.

82nd & Fifth: ETERNITY by Maxwell K. Hearn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This scroll depicts a serene landscape featuring the roof of a temple surrounded by trees, a watery expanse, and distant mountains that dissolve into ...

82nd & Fifth: HYPERREALITY by Kim Benzel

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"That infinite image creates an endless echoing, which is almost dizzying and supernatural," says curator Kim Benzel; though Henry Austen Layard, who ...

Persian Girl's Navy Blue Vision

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

As a Persian girl, I am also envisioning the new President of Iran, Mr. Rouhani, as well as all the other World Leaders, bringing back to their countries plans which integrate King Cyrus's message.

82nd & Fifth: PARIS - NEW YORK by Peter Kenny

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This card table's green feet are meant to look like excavated bronze from antiquity. This so-called "vert antique" style was perfected in Empire Franc...

82nd & Fifth: IDOLIZED by Diana Craig Patch

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ancient Egyptian statuettes needed to live in a house, and be fed, clothed, and made happy; in turn, they kept the world working. "This piece spoke to...

Runway Reality Check: Punk Never Looked So Pretty!

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

As I navigated the shows at New York Fashion Week, I was stunned by the lack of excitement that seems to plague so many in the fashion industry. Not so at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's Costume Institute this summer, where 125 incredible teenagers showed me just how inspiring, exciting, and empowering fashion can be!

82nd & Fifth: METAPHORICAL by Shi-yee Liu

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This small fan painting, now mounted as an album leaf, was made by Liang Kai, who left his prestigious position as a court painter to live in a Buddhi...

82nd & Fifth: MAGICAL by Adela Oppenheim

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This 4,000-year-old pendant, which belonged to an Egyptian princess, has 372 separate inlays. "You have to imagine that nobody saw this except the pri...

Astoria Characters: The 2 Moms Who Are Up In Arms

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.10.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jenny, a former elementary school science teacher who loves to tease out how things work, and Colette, a pragmatist who had a career in the financial information industry, are not radicals. They are not trying to ban guns. They are simply out to make every community safe for kids.

82nd & Fifth: BLAZING SADDLE by Donald La Rocca

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This saddle is emblazoned with two dragons, symbolizing the heavens; a Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, representing the clarity and purity of Tibetan Buddhism;...

82nd & Fifth: PRECAUTION by Isabel Stünkel

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"A lot of us are inclined to only see his cute side, but in fact there is a lot more to him than that," says curator Isabel Stünkel about the Met's u...

To Serve Is to Live: Reflections From 'Photography and the American Civil War'

Frances Hesselbein | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Frances Hesselbein

When we talked, every night by telephone, he often reminded me, "Hey, Mom, remember: I was a soldier, I am a soldier, I will always be a soldier. " And so he was.