The Met

I took the advice of a couple friends and checked out the Metropolitan Museum of Art while I was in New York. It’s huge, so I only saw a small part of it but I did see the Kublai Khan exhibit and several of the Renaissance and Impressionist period oil paintings.

I also have a particular interest in sculptures so I made sure to spend some time in the sculpture gallery. One of the most striking pieces was Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Rodin was commissioned to depict the Burghers of Calais who were willing to sacrifice their lives in exchange for the safety of the city. But instead of depicting them as simply heroic and noble, he chose to depict the moment in time when they discovered that they were not going to be executed. The result is both striking and somehow very human.

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