A Travellerspoint blog

NYC sights pt 1

I had planned to visit the reading room in the NY Public Library but it was still closed due to the pandemic; when the building was opened in 1911 (with President Taft presiding) it was the largest marble building in the country

I had planned to visit the reading room in the NY Public Library but it was still closed due to the pandemic; when the building was opened in 1911 (with President Taft presiding) it was the largest marble building in the country

I've visited the 9/11 Memorial a couple of times so skipped it on this trip; One World Trade Center (ie Freedom Tower) is still jaw-dropping as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (the same architect designed Willis Tower and Burj Khalifa)

I've visited the 9/11 Memorial a couple of times so skipped it on this trip; One World Trade Center (ie Freedom Tower) is still jaw-dropping as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (the same architect designed Willis Tower and Burj Khalifa)

The 57-story Jenga Building, completed in 2017, was designed by Anish Kapoor (famous for Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago); the building has 145 condos priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million for 2 to 5 bedroom units

The 57-story Jenga Building, completed in 2017, was designed by Anish Kapoor (famous for Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago); the building has 145 condos priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million for 2 to 5 bedroom units

The Whitney, which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art, moved into this Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015; unlike the Met and MOMA which are huge, the Whitney can be enjoyed in a couple of hours

The Whitney, which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art, moved into this Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015; unlike the Met and MOMA which are huge, the Whitney can be enjoyed in a couple of hours

Little Island has an amphitheater and lots of pocket parks and playgrounds set on pillars designed to look like tulips; the park is further transforming the once-derelict West Side of Manhattan

Little Island has an amphitheater and lots of pocket parks and playgrounds set on pillars designed to look like tulips; the park is further transforming the once-derelict West Side of Manhattan

The Edge opened on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper last year, officially making it the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 ft with the cheapest ticket being $36

The Edge opened on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper last year, officially making it the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 ft with the cheapest ticket being $36

I wanted to see the views from atop the Vessel which opened in 2019 but, due to a string of suicides, individual visitors are no longer allowed; group tickets must be bought online and you have to arrive with your party

I wanted to see the views from atop the Vessel which opened in 2019 but, due to a string of suicides, individual visitors are no longer allowed; group tickets must be bought online and you have to arrive with your party

Since opening in June 2009, the 1.5 mile long High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture; I was amazed at how much the trees have grown and the surrounding neighborhoods gentrified between my visits

Since opening in June 2009, the 1.5 mile long High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture; I was amazed at how much the trees have grown and the surrounding neighborhoods gentrified between my visits

The National Museum of the American Indian NY is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House; the other main branch of the museum is on the National Mall in DC

The National Museum of the American Indian NY is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House; the other main branch of the museum is on the National Mall in DC

Bowling Green (1733) is the oldest public park in NYC and is surrounded by its original 18th-century fence (the oldest fence in NYC); it included an equestrian statue of King George III prior to the Revolutionary War

Bowling Green (1733) is the oldest public park in NYC and is surrounded by its original 18th-century fence (the oldest fence in NYC); it included an equestrian statue of King George III prior to the Revolutionary War

The East Coast Memorial (1961) is located at the southern end of Battery Park and honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II; I happened to visit on Memorial Day

The East Coast Memorial (1961) is located at the southern end of Battery Park and honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II; I happened to visit on Memorial Day

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn, was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening in 1964 until 1981

The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn, was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening in 1964 until 1981

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the Garden sees millions of visitors annually to its 250 acres in the Bronx which feature more than a million living plants

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the Garden sees millions of visitors annually to its 250 acres in the Bronx which feature more than a million living plants

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Richardson Ocean Beach Park offered best snorkeling in Hilo

The reef triggerfish is the state fish of Hawaii and known here as humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa; the song My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii includes the line  . . .where the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa go swimming by . . .

The reef triggerfish is the state fish of Hawaii and known here as humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa; the song My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii includes the line . . .where the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa go swimming by . . .

I must have taken 50  photos of the juvenile rockmover wrasse since I was so intrigued by this unique fish; we loved Richardson Ocean Park so much that we visited both days we were in Hilo

I must have taken 50+ photos of the juvenile rockmover wrasse since I was so intrigued by this unique fish; we loved Richardson Ocean Park so much that we visited both days we were in Hilo

Richardson Ocean Park is one of the few places with good snorkeling on the east side of the island; Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel prize winner for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, grew up in Hilo

Richardson Ocean Park is one of the few places with good snorkeling on the east side of the island; Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel prize winner for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, grew up in Hilo

Redfin butterflyfish; Hilo is one of the wettest cities in the world with 127 inches of rain annually; the city has a record low temperature of 53 degrees and a record high of 94 degrees

Redfin butterflyfish; Hilo is one of the wettest cities in the world with 127 inches of rain annually; the city has a record low temperature of 53 degrees and a record high of 94 degrees

The saddle wrasse was one of the most common fish we saw but constantly moving and difficult to photograph; there are 43 different wrasse species reported in Hawaii with 13 of them (including the saddle wrasse) endemic to Hawaii

The saddle wrasse was one of the most common fish we saw but constantly moving and difficult to photograph; there are 43 different wrasse species reported in Hawaii with 13 of them (including the saddle wrasse) endemic to Hawaii

The saffron finch, native to South America, was introduced into Hawaii in 1965 and has become a common sight on the Big Island

The saffron finch, native to South America, was introduced into Hawaii in 1965 and has become a common sight on the Big Island

The rockmover wrasse moves rocks with his snout looking for food underneath; there were spearfishermen here specifically getting orangespine unicornfish, presumably to eat

The rockmover wrasse moves rocks with his snout looking for food underneath; there were spearfishermen here specifically getting orangespine unicornfish, presumably to eat

Yellowtoris coris (very common in Hawaii); Hilo is home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts

Yellowtoris coris (very common in Hawaii); Hilo is home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts

Pacific sailfin tang; I was surprised the coral and underwater topography was in such good condition here given the large crowds and relatively shallow depths (there were lifeguards to help keep people from standing on the coral)

Pacific sailfin tang; I was surprised the coral and underwater topography was in such good condition here given the large crowds and relatively shallow depths (there were lifeguards to help keep people from standing on the coral)

Belted wrasse; Hilo lies at the base of two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa (active) and Mauna Kea (dormant); Mauna Kea is the site of some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories

Belted wrasse; Hilo lies at the base of two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa (active) and Mauna Kea (dormant); Mauna Kea is the site of some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories

Female spotted boxfish; Hilo is the largest city on the Big Island but only has about 45,000 residents; much of Hilo is at risk from lava flows from Mauna Loa while the bayfront has twice been destroyed by tsunamis

Female spotted boxfish; Hilo is the largest city on the Big Island but only has about 45,000 residents; much of Hilo is at risk from lava flows from Mauna Loa while the bayfront has twice been destroyed by tsunamis

Hawaiian Tripletail Wrasse; Hilo International Airport has service from Hawaiian, United and Southwest Airlines; Hilo is the oldest city in Hawaii and started out as a center of sugar cane production

Hawaiian Tripletail Wrasse; Hilo International Airport has service from Hawaiian, United and Southwest Airlines; Hilo is the oldest city in Hawaii and started out as a center of sugar cane production

I'd never seen a juvenile rockmover wrasse before and had no idea what it was as I was snorkeling; I've seen the adults but not a juvenile which looks completely different

I'd never seen a juvenile rockmover wrasse before and had no idea what it was as I was snorkeling; I've seen the adults but not a juvenile which looks completely different

The teardrop butterflyfish was not a species I observed often in Hawaii which is the easternmost point in their range; like most butterflyfish, they are monogamous and are typically spotted in pairs

The teardrop butterflyfish was not a species I observed often in Hawaii which is the easternmost point in their range; like most butterflyfish, they are monogamous and are typically spotted in pairs

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Nostalgic trip to Durham with parents brings back memories

Duke Chapel, completed in 1932, seats about 1,800 people and stands 210 feet tall; the chapel was designed by Julian Abele, a noted African-American architect who designed much of Duke's west campus

Duke Chapel, completed in 1932, seats about 1,800 people and stands 210 feet tall; the chapel was designed by Julian Abele, a noted African-American architect who designed much of Duke's west campus

I was born at Watts Hospital which became the NC School of Science and Math in 1980; alumni include Greensboro native Joeletta Patrick who went on to work for NASA as flight controller for the International Space Station

I was born at Watts Hospital which became the NC School of Science and Math in 1980; alumni include Greensboro native Joeletta Patrick who went on to work for NASA as flight controller for the International Space Station

My parents owned this home when I was a toddler before moving to Greensboro when I was 2; Durham's population was 278,993 in 2019, making it the 4th-most populous city in NC (after Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro)

My parents owned this home when I was a toddler before moving to Greensboro when I was 2; Durham's population was 278,993 in 2019, making it the 4th-most populous city in NC (after Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro)

Durham was nicknamed the Bull City in the late 1800s when the Blackwell Tobacco Company named its product Bull Durham Tobacco; Durham is one corner of the Research Triangle area which has a population of 2,079,687 as of 2019

Durham was nicknamed the Bull City in the late 1800s when the Blackwell Tobacco Company named its product Bull Durham Tobacco; Durham is one corner of the Research Triangle area which has a population of 2,079,687 as of 2019

Completed in 1937, the Hill Building was designed by the same firm that built the Empire State Building and housed banking offices until 2005; it was then converted into a luxury hotel which is now part of 21c Museum Hotels

Completed in 1937, the Hill Building was designed by the same firm that built the Empire State Building and housed banking offices until 2005; it was then converted into a luxury hotel which is now part of 21c Museum Hotels

The largest performing arts center in the Carolinas opened here in 2008 with a concert by BB King; the center has exceeded all expectations and has generated revenue for the city and helped revitalize downtown Durham

The largest performing arts center in the Carolinas opened here in 2008 with a concert by BB King; the center has exceeded all expectations and has generated revenue for the city and helped revitalize downtown Durham

Better known today as the 1988 romantic comedy sports film starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, Bull Durham was based on the actual experiences of the writer/director with Sports Illustrated ranking it the #1 Greatest Sports Movie of all time

Better known today as the 1988 romantic comedy sports film starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, Bull Durham was based on the actual experiences of the writer/director with Sports Illustrated ranking it the #1 Greatest Sports Movie of all time

Recently Durham has stepped up revitalization of its downtown and undergone an economic and cultural renaissance with lots of luxury apartments, converted tobacco warehouses and trendy restaurants; it has a much more livable downtown than Greensboro; this quilt is from the Durham History Museum

Recently Durham has stepped up revitalization of its downtown and undergone an economic and cultural renaissance with lots of luxury apartments, converted tobacco warehouses and trendy restaurants; it has a much more livable downtown than Greensboro; this quilt is from the Durham History Museum

BC Powder was invented in 1906 at Five Points Drug Company in downtown Durham; it still has a cult-like following in the South but is just a combination of 845 mg of aspirin and 65 mg of caffeine

BC Powder was invented in 1906 at Five Points Drug Company in downtown Durham; it still has a cult-like following in the South but is just a combination of 845 mg of aspirin and 65 mg of caffeine

This is the house my grandparents built in 1962 after their two daughters left for college; after their death, the 2800 sq ft house was sold in 1998 for $195,000 but sold in May 2021 for $677,500

This is the house my grandparents built in 1962 after their two daughters left for college; after their death, the 2800 sq ft house was sold in 1998 for $195,000 but sold in May 2021 for $677,500

Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940 and seats only 9291 making for an intense, partisan atmosphere; Duke is an amazing 274–4 in non-conference basketball home games since 1983

Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940 and seats only 9291 making for an intense, partisan atmosphere; Duke is an amazing 274–4 in non-conference basketball home games since 1983

My grandparents (mom's side) are buried in Maplewood Cemetery next to the Duke campus; famous people from Durham include David Gergen, John Lucas II, David Lynch, Shirley Caesar and Dr. Kelly Bruno

My grandparents (mom's side) are buried in Maplewood Cemetery next to the Duke campus; famous people from Durham include David Gergen, John Lucas II, David Lynch, Shirley Caesar and Dr. Kelly Bruno

Durham is home to the Duke Lemur Center (largest in the world) where in 2016 a rare blue-eyed black lemur was born; distancing itself from tobacco, Durham is now known as the City of Medicine

Durham is home to the Duke Lemur Center (largest in the world) where in 2016 a rare blue-eyed black lemur was born; distancing itself from tobacco, Durham is now known as the City of Medicine

Founded in 1898, NC Mutual is the oldest and largest African-American life insurance company in the nation; when the company started, life expectancy for African-Americans in the South was only 32 years!

Founded in 1898, NC Mutual is the oldest and largest African-American life insurance company in the nation; when the company started, life expectancy for African-Americans in the South was only 32 years!

In 1950, Pauli Murray published States' Laws on Race and Color, an examination and critique of state segregation laws throughout the nation; Thurgood Marshall, then at the NAACP, called Murray's book the bible of the civil rights movement

In 1950, Pauli Murray published States' Laws on Race and Color, an examination and critique of state segregation laws throughout the nation; Thurgood Marshall, then at the NAACP, called Murray's book the bible of the civil rights movement

The downtown American Tobacco Historic District encompasses 14 buildings constructed between 1874 and the 1950s; the mostly abandoned campus was purchased in 2001 as part of a plan to redevelop downtown Durham and has been a huge success

The downtown American Tobacco Historic District encompasses 14 buildings constructed between 1874 and the 1950s; the mostly abandoned campus was purchased in 2001 as part of a plan to redevelop downtown Durham and has been a huge success

In 1995 the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000 capacity) opened and is home for the baseball teams from Duke and NC Central Universities as well as the Bulls which is a AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Marlins

In 1995 the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000 capacity) opened and is home for the baseball teams from Duke and NC Central Universities as well as the Bulls which is a AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Marlins

The Carolina Theatre (1926) has escaped the wrecking ball several times and today is part of Durham's thriving arts scene; it was the first theater here to admit Blacks, although there were still segregated ticket lines and lounge areas until 1963

The Carolina Theatre (1926) has escaped the wrecking ball several times and today is part of Durham's thriving arts scene; it was the first theater here to admit Blacks, although there were still segregated ticket lines and lounge areas until 1963

The Durham Museum of History was small and disappointing (especially compared to the much larger similar institution in Greensboro); Durham is only an hour east of Greensboro and 15 minutes west of Raleigh

The Durham Museum of History was small and disappointing (especially compared to the much larger similar institution in Greensboro); Durham is only an hour east of Greensboro and 15 minutes west of Raleigh

My grandparents owned this house while my mom and aunt were growing up; back then the house had a pitched roof with 2 big bedrooms upstairs but it looks like the current owners are converting it into a true 2 story house

My grandparents owned this house while my mom and aunt were growing up; back then the house had a pitched roof with 2 big bedrooms upstairs but it looks like the current owners are converting it into a true 2 story house

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Cool American glass pieces from Chrysler Museum of Art, pt 2

Vase, Steuben Division - Corning Glass Works, ca. 1925-1932; the Portland Vase, found now in the British Museum, is a Roman vase from around 1 AD that served to inspire modern cameo glass

Vase, Steuben Division - Corning Glass Works, ca. 1925-1932; the Portland Vase, found now in the British Museum, is a Roman vase from around 1 AD that served to inspire modern cameo glass

Window from the Darwin D Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1903; popularly referred to as Tree of Life windows, Wright designed a series of 400 of these for the Martin House (400 windows in one house???)

Window from the Darwin D Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1903; popularly referred to as Tree of Life windows, Wright designed a series of 400 of these for the Martin House (400 windows in one house???)

Fruit Bowl with Underplate, Dorothy C Thorpe, ca. 1920s-1930s; despite her lack of formal training, Thorpe's designs were hugely popular with American consumers; she started in Hollywood and counted Clark Gable as one of her first customers

Fruit Bowl with Underplate, Dorothy C Thorpe, ca. 1920s-1930s; despite her lack of formal training, Thorpe's designs were hugely popular with American consumers; she started in Hollywood and counted Clark Gable as one of her first customers

Flowerform Vase, Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Co., early 1900s; founded by alums from Tiffany, Quezal’s wares are known for the use of bold iridescent colors, particularly blue, gold, purple, white and green

Flowerform Vase, Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Co., early 1900s; founded by alums from Tiffany, Quezal’s wares are known for the use of bold iridescent colors, particularly blue, gold, purple, white and green

Vase, A Douglas Nash Corp, ca. 1924-1931; silica is the primary ingredient in glass with most silica coming from sand; not all sand can be used so there have been shortages of the primo sand

Vase, A Douglas Nash Corp, ca. 1924-1931; silica is the primary ingredient in glass with most silica coming from sand; not all sand can be used so there have been shortages of the primo sand

Vase, Union Glass Co., early 1900s; the glass industry was highly fragmented in the 1800s and early 1900s with lots of small operations; the same small universe of master glassmakers tried to succeed in the highly competitive industry

Vase, Union Glass Co., early 1900s; the glass industry was highly fragmented in the 1800s and early 1900s with lots of small operations; the same small universe of master glassmakers tried to succeed in the highly competitive industry

Cocktail Pitcher, Steuben Division - Corning Glass Works, 1920s; glass is a miraculous material which can be opaque as mud or transparent as water; it can also be fashioned in any color of the rainbow

Cocktail Pitcher, Steuben Division - Corning Glass Works, 1920s; glass is a miraculous material which can be opaque as mud or transparent as water; it can also be fashioned in any color of the rainbow

Basket Whimsey, ca. 1850; whimsies became one of the most sought-after styles of glass during the 19th-century, especially representations of boots and shoes, though this style of glass is first recorded in 15th-century Germany

Basket Whimsey, ca. 1850; whimsies became one of the most sought-after styles of glass during the 19th-century, especially representations of boots and shoes, though this style of glass is first recorded in 15th-century Germany

HIV, Luke Jerram, 2013; this is a jaw-dropping, scientifically precise 1:1,000,000 scale model of HIV, a virus that does not have any color because it is smaller than the wavelength of light

HIV, Luke Jerram, 2013; this is a jaw-dropping, scientifically precise 1:1,000,000 scale model of HIV, a virus that does not have any color because it is smaller than the wavelength of light

Fire Screen, John La Farge, ca. 1883; an early rival of Tiffany, the American painter and designer La Farge used opalescent glass in this beautiful fire screen with each piece of glass being unique

Fire Screen, John La Farge, ca. 1883; an early rival of Tiffany, the American painter and designer La Farge used opalescent glass in this beautiful fire screen with each piece of glass being unique

Vase, Hobbs, Brockunier and Co, ca. 1886; designers were rushing to imitate Mary J Morgan's Chinese porcelain vase after it sold for the unheard of amount of $18,000 in 1886; that vase is at the Walters Museum in Baltimore

Vase, Hobbs, Brockunier and Co, ca. 1886; designers were rushing to imitate Mary J Morgan's Chinese porcelain vase after it sold for the unheard of amount of $18,000 in 1886; that vase is at the Walters Museum in Baltimore

Vases, Smith Brothers Co., after 1877; glass designers used pattern books that were full of Asian-designed motifs to satisfy American demand for Chinese-style glass products

Vases, Smith Brothers Co., after 1877; glass designers used pattern books that were full of Asian-designed motifs to satisfy American demand for Chinese-style glass products

Canteen with Portraits of William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson, ca. 1900; you'd think flasks with Trump/Clinton or Trump/Biden would have sold well given how both campaigns drove voters to drink

Canteen with Portraits of William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson, ca. 1900; you'd think flasks with Trump/Clinton or Trump/Biden would have sold well given how both campaigns drove voters to drink

Molasses Can, ca. 1860; this looks a lot like the maple syrup pitcher at IHOP, but it held molasses which was a sweet treat at the time

Molasses Can, ca. 1860; this looks a lot like the maple syrup pitcher at IHOP, but it held molasses which was a sweet treat at the time

Pitcher, Vasa Murrhina Art Glass Co., ca. 1883; production of this cased glass starts out as a ball of glass that is rolled in small pieces of broken glass called frit; then another layer of crystal was gathered over the frit

Pitcher, Vasa Murrhina Art Glass Co., ca. 1883; production of this cased glass starts out as a ball of glass that is rolled in small pieces of broken glass called frit; then another layer of crystal was gathered over the frit

American Eagle Flask, Louisville Glass Works, ca. 1855-1873; there were at least seven glass factories that operated in Louisville during the period from 1850 to 1901 with six of them principally bottle houses

American Eagle Flask, Louisville Glass Works, ca. 1855-1873; there were at least seven glass factories that operated in Louisville during the period from 1850 to 1901 with six of them principally bottle houses

Six Inch Plate, ca. 1832; to make glass strong and water-resistant a stabilizer is needed in the production process; common stabilizers include lime or lead

Six Inch Plate, ca. 1832; to make glass strong and water-resistant a stabilizer is needed in the production process; common stabilizers include lime or lead

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My favorite paintings from the Met in NYC, pt 2

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1919; you really come to see which artworks I appreciate most in a museum like the Met when there are so many pieces I could have selected to feature

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1919; you really come to see which artworks I appreciate most in a museum like the Met when there are so many pieces I could have selected to feature

Still Life with Teapot and Fruit, Paul Gauguin, 1896; one of Gauguin’s most treasured possessions was a painting by Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit Dish (1879–80, MOMA), which he emulates in this work

Still Life with Teapot and Fruit, Paul Gauguin, 1896; one of Gauguin’s most treasured possessions was a painting by Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit Dish (1879–80, MOMA), which he emulates in this work

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Vincent van Gogh, 1890; in less than 10 yrs, the artist painted 900  works although only one sold in his lifetime; only the lobe, not the whole ear was cut off

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Vincent van Gogh, 1890; in less than 10 yrs, the artist painted 900+ works although only one sold in his lifetime; only the lobe, not the whole ear was cut off

Rue de l'Epicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight), Camille Pissarro, 1898; Monet is better known for his works in Rouen but he and Pissarro were great friends and often painted the same subjects

Rue de l'Epicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight), Camille Pissarro, 1898; Monet is better known for his works in Rouen but he and Pissarro were great friends and often painted the same subjects

Study of a Girl in Red, Benedetto Luti, 1717; I've previously been to the much smaller second Met location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, which contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from medieval Europe

Study of a Girl in Red, Benedetto Luti, 1717; I've previously been to the much smaller second Met location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, which contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from medieval Europe

Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch, 1475; unlike Bosch’s familiar hallucinatory depictions of hell, this tranquil scene, with its tunneling perspective and wooden figure types with sensitively rendered faces, is characteristic of his earliest works

Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch, 1475; unlike Bosch’s familiar hallucinatory depictions of hell, this tranquil scene, with its tunneling perspective and wooden figure types with sensitively rendered faces, is characteristic of his earliest works

Little Denise, Theo van Rysselberghe, 1889; when the painting was exhibited in 1890, critics praised the naturalism and emotional expressiveness that he brought to the analytical rigor of Pointillism

Little Denise, Theo van Rysselberghe, 1889; when the painting was exhibited in 1890, critics praised the naturalism and emotional expressiveness that he brought to the analytical rigor of Pointillism

Study of a Young Woman, Johannes Vermeer, 1667; outside of art circles, Vermeer remained an obscure figure until the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring with Scarlett Johannson came out in 2003

Study of a Young Woman, Johannes Vermeer, 1667; outside of art circles, Vermeer remained an obscure figure until the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring with Scarlett Johannson came out in 2003

The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, 1892; the artist was born into aristocracy but his parents were first cousins which may have contributed to his many health problems; he was also an alcoholic and died at 36

The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, 1892; the artist was born into aristocracy but his parents were first cousins which may have contributed to his many health problems; he was also an alcoholic and died at 36

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1866; the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people; it was closed 202 days because of the pandemic

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1866; the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people; it was closed 202 days because of the pandemic

Going to the Market, Constant Troyon, 1860; the Met's collection of drawings and prints—one of the most comprehensive and distinguished in the world—began with a gift of 670 works from Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1880

Going to the Market, Constant Troyon, 1860; the Met's collection of drawings and prints—one of the most comprehensive and distinguished in the world—began with a gift of 670 works from Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1880

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532; I'd visited the Met before but the size is always intimidating; for this visit I primarily focused on the galleries with paintings

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532; I'd visited the Met before but the size is always intimidating; for this visit I primarily focused on the galleries with paintings

Parochialstrasse in Berlin, Johann Philipp Eduard Gartner, 1831; the official mascot for the Met is the form of a cute, blue, ancient Egyptian hippopotamus statuette

Parochialstrasse in Berlin, Johann Philipp Eduard Gartner, 1831; the official mascot for the Met is the form of a cute, blue, ancient Egyptian hippopotamus statuette

Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina, Francisco de Goya, 1788;the Museum's holdings of El Greco and Goya are the finest outside of Spain

Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina, Francisco de Goya, 1788;the Museum's holdings of El Greco and Goya are the finest outside of Spain

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; the artist found Zaandam in the Netherlands to be a superb place for painting due to the enchanting boats and 100s of windmills

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; the artist found Zaandam in the Netherlands to be a superb place for painting due to the enchanting boats and 100s of windmills

Juan de Paraja, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, 1650; Paraja was Velazquez's enslaved assistant but months after depicting him in such a proud and confident way, Velázquez signed a contract of manumission that would liberate him from bondage in 1654

Juan de Paraja, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, 1650; Paraja was Velazquez's enslaved assistant but months after depicting him in such a proud and confident way, Velázquez signed a contract of manumission that would liberate him from bondage in 1654

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