The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York City, or the Met, as it is fondly known, is one of the premier museums in America. Its collections are extensive and their web site is excellent.

  1. Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas The Met has fifty highlights from their collection of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and North, Central, and South America. There is art from 2000 BC through to the current era.

  2. Asian Art There are fifty highlight's from the museum's collection of more than 60,000 objects. They range in date from the second millennium B.C. to the early twentieth century. You'll enjoy artworks that include paintings, prints, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, lacquers, works of decorative art, and textiles from Japan, China, India, the Himalayan kingdoms, and Southeast Asia.

  3. Antonio Ratti Textile Center The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the finest collections of textiles in the world. Be careful - there are artworks from Western and Non-Western cultures. It includes examples from all of the world's civilizations and from almost every period in history. There are fifty highlights taken from the 35,000 pieces that the museum owns. There are archaeological fragments, tapestries, carpets, quilts, ecclesiastical vestments, silks, embroideries, laces, velvets, and more, dating from 3000 B.C. to the present.

  4. Timeline The Timeline of Art History (currently to 1600 AD) is searchable by time period or by a world map. This is a site rich with images and historical background on art. It begins with the earliest images in Africa from 80,000 BC through the Renaissance in Europe and across the world. New materials are being added all the time. There are links to external sites around the world for more information about highlighted images. This includes Western and Non-Western Art.

  5. Explore & Learn This link takes you to a very special section of the Met's web site. There are many links to web galleries about artists, cultures, and art movements. There are web galleries about Western as well as Non-Western art. Have fun exploring, you are sure to find something to interest you.


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