The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is, in my humble and rather narrow opinion, the best museum in the country. My relationship with the place is only about a year old but I can confidently say that what has grown between us is true love. As a photographer, it’s a big deal to “fall in love” with a new subject. I remember my first love clearly, the subject that convinced me to finally commit to my relationship with the camera. Since then I’ve had a number of relationships with subjects. Some were just crushes that never panned out, others were lasting, some are still growing. The Met was love at first sight. Exploration is in my blood and this museum allows me to explore to my heart’s content. I’ve been there countless times and I’m still finding rooms and artifacts that I’ve never seen before. It is in no way just an art museum. The Met is an exploration through the history of human thought, design, and expression.
In this photo is William Wetmore Story’s Cleopatra. She is sculpted from marble, which I believe captures the softness of a woman better than any other non-photographic medium. She sits, contemplating her own suicide; a moment like this becomes a bit ironic when carved into stone, but so is finding a statue of Cleopatra in the American wing immediately after exiting the Egyptian Wing. This seemingly out of place stone woman is one of many surprises and things of beauty to be discovered at The Met. For more images from the museum visit my flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/jkputnam/sets/72157625513976791
Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or page through its collection database here: www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database