Magazin'Art

Metropolitan Museum

New York

No matter who you are, you are usually attracted to gold and Golden Kingdoms Luxury & Legacy In The Ancient Americas, running at the Metropolitan Museum until May 28, 2018, promises to have a of gold.

Golden Kingdoms consists of more than 300 objects assembled from more than 50 museums in 12 countries. It traces the evolution of goldworking and other luxury arts from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north starting in approximately 2000 B.C. to the European arrival in the 16th century.

This major exhibition features spectacular works from recent archeological excavations: crowns, pectorals, pendants, necklaces, ear and nose ornaments, rings labrets, masks, mantels, vases, stelas, bells, mirrors and more.

Exhibition highlights include the exquisite gold ornaments of the Lord of Sipán from the richest unlooted tomb in the Americas, the malachite funeral mask of a woman known as the Red Queen, newly discovered ritual offerings from the sacred precinct of the Aztec Empire and the “Fisherman’s Treasure,” a set of Mixtec gold ornaments plundered by the conquistadors and recovered from a shipwreck during the 1970s.

 

Spring 2018

No matter who you are, you are usually attracted to gold and…

NEW YORK

As you would expect the Metropolitain Museum in New York has some marvelous galleries that always repay a visit. I suggest that for the holidays a visit to the tapestries at the Metropolitain are in order. After all, what’s a snowfall without a few tapestries to look at? At the risk of mangling my metaphors or mixing my seasons, Fabergé Easter Eggs also seem to enjoy being seen against the background of winter.

Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection  is on display at the Met until November 27, 2016 . As you would suspect with the Met, the most important Fabergé piece in the United States is on display as well, the Lillies-of-the-Valley Basket  as are three Imperial Easter Eggs. Pieces of the collection will rotate on display for the next five years.

If you arrive in New York before January 6, 2016  you will have a chance to see the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche . The tree itself is a 20 foot blue spruce decorated with 55, 18th Century Neapolitan angels and 22 cherubs hovering among its boughs and groups of 69 realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene. All of this is set against a Spanish choir screen from the Valladolid Cathedral.

Winter 2016

As you would expect the Metropolitain Museum in New York has some marvelous galleries that always repay a visit. I suggest that for the holidays a visit to the tapestries…