I am at the glorious Pastrami Queen on Lexington.
Mushroom Barley soup
“Smile!” … yep… he was smiling.
We spent time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sort of my Mecca, to which I bow several times when I come to this city. There are exhibits of incredible tapestries right not by Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Wow. There is also a small exhibit of Pre-Raphaelite stuff, of which I can’t get enough. Fascinating movement and period.
Some of the cases in the lower hallways (straight on) have been switched around. Here is something I haven’t seen:
This is a late Roman or maybe Byzantine piece, 300-500. It’s a chariot mount. You see three figures, two orators and a grammarian. The scrolls and the raised hand, palm outward as a teaching gesture give them away. They also have writing tablets. My interest in ancient rhetoric caused my eye to zoom to this piece as we were charging by.
I find this little medallion, perhaps made in Alexandria but maybe found in Tivoli, made in the early 300’s, to be charming.
A mother, probably wealthy given the hairdo, with her son.
Did any of you listen to my LENTCAzTs last year?
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (+1704). This is a hard-paste biscuit porcelain piece from Sévres. The Met, btw, has a spiffy collection of soft-paste, also.
When I am at the Met, I can feel my brain reactivate.
Also, during a short break for a refreshing beverage in the cafe of the American Wing, we were approached by a fellow who writes for Crisis, Tom Piatak. Review his piece from last April about Divorce. HERE He makes great points drawn from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.