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For me, trying to pick a favorite museum is like trying to pick a favorite star in the sky. But if forced, I would probably say that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is my favorite museum (other than Hammond-Harwood House, obviously). And luckily for me, they frequently give me new reasons to love it. Next week, another section of the American Wing of the Met will reopen after renovation. It looks stunning, an appropriate home for such masterworks as John Singer Sargent’s painting Madame X. For lovers of decorative arts, the Great Hall from the Van Rensselaer Manor House in Albany, which dates to 1765-69, has been reinstalled. The wallpaper in it is positively droolworthy. If you get a chance to see it in person, send me a postcard. If, like me, you can’t seem to find time in your schedule for a jaunt to the City, the New York Times has posted a 360 degree view of the galleries on its website.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 in by Hammond-Harwood House



Hammond-Harwood House

The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve and to interpret the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts, and to explore the diverse social history associated with its occupants, both free and enslaved, for the purposes of education and appreciation.
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