Monday, October 1, 2007
Jewelry in the Next Post!
(view from the roof of the Met)
I vowed to get three things done this fall:
1. Go apple picking.
2. Go to the Botanical Garden to see... something. Japanese flower show. It's on my fridge.
3. Go to the Met to see The Age of Rembrandt show, featuring my favorite artists, Vermeer and Gerard ter Borch.
Generally, my Autumn lists do not come to fruition, and are instead kicked over to the next year in the hopes that another 365 days of preparation will finally allow me to see these things.
By some miraculous alignment of the planets, I was able to cross off 1 and 3 this weekend. 2 doesn't start until late October, or else I probably would have hauled butt to Uptown or Brooklyn---wherever that thing is. Anyhow, of course I forgot my camera, but inspiration came in the form of both list items this weekend. Today's all about the apples, but first, my favorite painting from the (very, very, very crowded) Met show:
(Curiosity, ca. 1660, Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617–1681)
Click for larger view.
Look at that skirt. Do you see the fabric? I wanted to touch the actual paining; that's how persuasive his satin is.
In case you were thinking of heading to the Met:
*You really don't have to pay $20 per person; that's suggested. When my mom and I approached the counter, the woman "suggested" $40 and I handed her $9. All was well and nobody whispered "Cheapskate!" behind us.
*It was a six room show and on Saturday at 1 PM, every one of those rooms was packed to capacity. Don't go on the weekend, if you can help it.
*I'm kind of anti-Rembrandt, so, in my opinion, you can skip a bunch of those pieces. Yawn.
*If it looks interesting from far away, push through to read the caption. Nine out of ten times, there's a fascinating story. Some of the jewelry on these ladies!
*Head to the roof to see the Frank Stella abstracts and take some photos of the skyline. One of the most beautiful views in the city.
Mom and I on the roof