There is nothing like Winter in NYC, or the holidays for that matter – I spent the last two weeks of the year in NYC for vacation and the holidays with my girlfriend who lives there and got a chance to do a bunch of fun touristy stuff I almost never do. New York has some of the most brilliant art and museums in the world, so it was fitting we went to the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and I wanted to cover it for Nakid. I have never been to the MET before so I didn’t know what to expect.
Surprisingly, I did not expect so much Egyptian artwork to be on display – when I was younger I used to be obsessed with Egyptian culture and hieroglyphics. Egyptians are one of the most significant cultures in all of human history, not to mention longest lasting – a lot of their artwork seemed as though it went from basic sculptures to more refined and detailed as their culture progressed. The technology, intellect, and shear power it took to create such and immense and prolific civilization just puts you in awe of what they were able to accomplish with such primitive tools and man power.
Some of the most beautiful artwork in the museum was definitely the East Asian artwork from China, Japan, and others. It’s really kind of amazing to see all these different civilizations art that was created around the same time periods but has such drastic differences. The first civilizations started around each other but then branched out, it’s just really amazing to see how the artists of the different cultures carried their style into their newly branched out civilizations and those artists styles helped create those artistic views and techniques within those cultures.
Renaissance art has to be some of my favorite, the shear realism of its subjects and scenes it depicts almost bring those scenes to life.
This is the depiction of Jesus descending into hell.
They had a bunch of work by Monet and Van Gogh on display we were lucky enough to get to see.
This is one of the few Jackson Pollock pieces they had on display as well.
Hidden among all the amazing rooms of art they had this exhibition of funeral fashion and artwork on display from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
One of the books we found on display was a medical journal with depictions of diseases and deformities.
All photos shot by DUSTIN HOLLYWOOD