Monday, March 8, 2010


By Polly Guerin


There’s a plethora of museum marvels to take our breath away and stimulate our cultural sensitivities. Just pay the admission charge and pronto you enter a world class museum and there is no extra charge for any exhibition. Here’s the scoop!!!
THE MOURNERS: MEDIEVAL TOMB SCULPTURES FROM THE COURT OF BURGUNDY parade their pathos in a lineup of 41 alabaster sculptures of mourning figures, none of them more than 17” tall, in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a rare opportunity to view these amazing works presented through the largesse of the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France. The mourners express a broad range of powerful emotions—from melancholy to desolation---through facial expression, gesture, and the eloquent draping of their garments. In the Medieval Sculpture Hall. Ongoing.
You’ll need to use a magnifying glass to truly appreciate one of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world, the lavishing illustrated prayer book known as the Beautiful Hours. The presentation at the Metropolitan features all of the book’s 172 stunning illuminations singularly on view without turning a single page. The number of images amazes, the sheer beauty never fails to astonish. Created by the Limbourg brothers’, starting in their teens, it was produced from 2405 to 2408/9. Dazzling to the eye and not to be missed.
The Andre Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments reopens with a refreshed and reinstalled presentation of the Metropolitan’s renowned collection of Western musical instructions. Among the 230 objects on view: keyboard, string, percussion woodwind and brass instruments, a highlight is the famed “Batta-Piatigorsky” cello made in Cremona, Italy by Antonio Stradivari and the extraordinary harpsichord by Michele Todini of Rome.
CURIOUS GEORGE SAVES THE DAY: The Art of Margret and H.A.Rey opens at the Jewish Museum next Sunday, March 14 through August 1. Curious George, the impish monkey protagonist of many adventures in children’s stories had a narrow escape from the Nazis occupation and thus inspired many of these whimsical tales. This is a rare opportunity to view nearly 80 original drawings and vibrant watercolor of Curious George and other characters. One of the exhibition galleries is transformed into a reading room for visitors of all ages to enjoy the original drawings and bright watercolors.
Ta Ta, Darlings!!! I’m off to the Met for the day, perhaps the week, there’s so much to see, to do and wouldn’t you like to join me? Fan mail to: Blogs: thefashionhistorian, amazingartdecodivas and awakenyoursleepingbeauty.

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