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    Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York
    The Met, is a world famous art museum that sits on the eastern side of Central Park, along what is called "Museum Mile" in New York City, with a permanent collection that contains over 2 million works of art that has been divided into nineteen curatorial departments, with the main building called, the Met, houses one of the world's biggest art galleries, there is a smaller second locale called the Cloisters, in Upper Manhattan that contains medieval artworks. This fabulous permanent collection contains artworks from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, extensive holdings of Islamic, African, Byzantine, Asian and Ocean art, paintings and sculptures from almost all the European masters and a very inclusive collection of modern and American art, with an encyclopedic collection of costumes and accessories, musical instruments, armor and antique weapons from across the globe. The museum was founded in 1870 by a group of Americans, that included artists and thinkers of the day, businessman and financiers, who wanted to open a museum that would bring art and art education to the American people, opening in 1872, on Fifth Avenue. By 2007, the Met measured about a quarter mile long and housed over 2 million square feet of space filled with the wonders and treasures of the world. Their permanent collections are kept in 17 curatorial departments, as well as four dedicated conservation departments and a department of scientific research. Their American decorative arts department houses some 12,000 examples of decorative artworks from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with a spectacular collection of American stained glass, with examples from Tiffany, LaFarge, William Jay Bolton and Henry E. Sharp, and a marvelous silver collection with pieces from Paul Revere and Tiffany. Other outstanding collections includes; the American sculpture and paintings, Ancient Near Eastern art, Asian art, Arms and Armor, Arts of Africa, the Americas and Oceania, Costume Institute, Egyptian art, Drawings and prints, Islamic art, European paintings, European sculpture and decorative arts, Greek and Roman art and the Robert Lehman collection.

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    Frick CollectionFrick Collection New York City, New York
    The Frick Collection is kept in the former estate of Henry Clay Frick House, that had been designed by Thomas Hastings and built during the years 1913 to 1914, with John Russell Pope enlarging and altering it in the early 1930s to adapt it to be used as a public institution that would open to the public in 1935. The Frick would be constructed on Fifth Avenue when all the structures above 59th Street were private mansions, with a number of private clubs and a hotel. In this rich environment, Frick's house would be one of the most decadent, with private gardens on both sides of the house, which is well worth visiting just to enjoy its outstanding architecture. It has become one of the preeminent small art museums in the United States, with an excellent quality collection of old master paintings and fabulous furniture that are housed in six galleries in the former residential mansion. There are many paintings in the galleries that had been arranged according to Frick's direction, even though more works have been acquired by the collection to augment its beautiful collections. It contains some of the finest famous paintings by major European artists, along with outstanding works in porcelain and sculpture. There is a splendid 18th century collection of oriental rugs, French furniture and Limoges enamel, and after Frick's death, his daughter, Helen Clay Frick would continue to expand the collections, with over a third of its excellent works being acquired after 1919. The amazing collections includes works by such notables as; Jean-Honore Fragonard, Johannes Vermeer, Piero della Francesca, Giovanni Bellini, Francois Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco Goya, Frans Hals, Jan Van Eyck, Hans Holbein the Younger, James McNeil Whistler, Rembrandt, Diego Velazquez, Jean Auguste Dominque Ingres, Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, J. M. W. Turner, Andrea Riccio, Titian and Jacob van Ruisdael.

April 25, 2011