The all too brief Gotham jaunt continued.
After my breakfast of champions I made another foray to the Met.
I’ve seen most of the older European collection so often that many of the paintings now greet me by name. Hence, I went to the well-organized and representative Modern section. Mind you, I don’t usual spend time with this stuff, but I have to admit that the Met has a few good rooms which are worth your time… after you see the important stuff.
One thing I have some to understand about myself, to my shock, is that, somewhat against my will, I rather like Jackson Pollack’s drip and pour stuff.
You have to look at it for a while, to get how he made it.
Upstairs, they are repainting the emptied out hallway in preparation for the big Rodin display coming up in mid-September. I must get back for that.
There was an exhibit of WWI art and objects, including propaganda posters. This one is pretty much in your face.
I’d love a version of this for a new league of …say… Clement XIV.
Here is a prototype for an AMERICAN helmet! WWI!
Back downstairs in that area between the medieval hall and the modern building housing the Lehman collection is a fascinating exhibit wherein they show daily and luxury objects and explain what they were worth back in the day as valued against something that held a constant value over a long period of time: a milk cow. How to appraise what some object was worth way back when: figure out how many milk cows it would take to replace it.
A milk cow would have been worth 35 days of pay of a skilled craftsman in London or Antwerp, 59 days for unskilled labor, 27 bushels of wheat in Paris or Vienna, 5350 loaves of rye bread in Brussels. So, if our currency is 1 milk cow….
This early 17th c. German chalice with beautiful angels made for the Speyer cathedral (alas, a 19th c. cup replacement), back in the days would have been valued at 🐄 x 255.
Also, there is an exhibit of a Mexican baroque painted, who really has game. Here is a monumental altarpiece. How they got it in, I have no idea. It depicts – unusually – the Transfiguration above the scene of the Bronze Serpent. Connection? It’s there. Work on it.
Look at the size of this thing relative to that larger than man fountain!
Meanwhile, which drink is mine?
In one of my favorite places, Bryant Park, the Marshall Chess Club brought all sorts of gear for people to play chess and backgammon, etc. How cool is that?
I was sooooo tempted. I’ve been contemplating signing up for the Kasparov course online. I used to play when I was young… a lot. A really whole lot, often. Tournaments, rating, etc. Then…. pffffft… life got busy.
Off to the ecclesiastical trim and fabric place La Lame. I needed appliques for the RED pontifical vestments, especially the humeral veil, which is too bare. Also, I am starting the search for the best trim for the BLUE set. HERE
And a walk.
We finally got to Ivan Ramen on the lower East side. This is now firmly on my list of places to return and not just for the ramen!
This was fun: Coney Island Tofu. Not what you expect.
My selection, with an added tomato umami bomb.
It’s kind of a pain to get to, but it’s really good.
Just for nice: my favorite building.
On the way to the airport: CHINESE IN QUEENS
Best xiao long bao anywhere.
And then there are the shredded potatoes and hot peppers.
MY VIEW FOR AWHILE.
Off to the airport.
At security I tried CLEAR for the first time and it worked like a charm.
As always, there is a lot to do here. The weather was magnificent. I got to see some friends, including good ol’ Fr. Murray and CPT G of the NYPD. All in all, a great success, leaving me wanting more.
So… time for a flight home. Will Delta get me there without interesting things happening?