Recap: 2018 Met Art Tour
Posted by Pat Donohue | April 09, 2018
The 21 Spartan alumni, friends, and neighbors who gathered Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were entertained and informed during an illuminating hour long “highlights” tour.
The Temple of Dendur, for example, a gift to the U.S. from the Egyptian government, is housed in a wing built expressly for it. In the American Wing, the narrative revealed that the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was actually painted in Dusseldorf, Germany, the Rhine River was used to depict the Delaware River, and college students were used as models for Continental Army soldiers.
Tour stops also were made along the balcony overlooking the grand vestibule to the American Wing anchored by the façade of the Branch Bank of the U.S., originally located on Wall Street; the Medieval Sculpture Hall featuring a complete gilded iron Spanish choir screen; and a display of ancient Near Eastern art.
The tour also included a look at medieval armor, examples of Monet’s post-impressionist development, and a post-tour exhibit of ancient wind instruments, some so large it left you wondering how anyone had the strength to play them.
Click here to view photos from the tour.