That's the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, by the way. I'm revoltingly excited to be going to New York City for the first time next month. It's really real! I've booked the flight and the hotel so it must be actually happening. Barring natural disasters like the sort that happened in that really bad Dennis Quaid movie.
I'm really excited to see what NYC looks like in real life, instead of through the filter of movies and books. Does everyone really wear really expensive clothing? Are there really a million-jillion people on every sidewalk? Is the Cash Cab really driving around waiting to pick up clueless contestants? And does the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man lie in wait beneath the city?
I get to meet my editors from Scholastic, find the biggest pastry shop I can, and of course, visit the Met. Already I've been on the website and I'm fantasizing about seeing these three pieces in particular.
1. "The Horse Fair" by Rosa Bonheur. Okay, this is a no-brainer, right? Maggie = horse artist. The Horse Fair = one of the more famous horse paintings alive. Er, in existence. I want to see it in person
2. "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher" by Vermeer. I have grown up seeing this image in all my art history books; the first time I saw it was a bad black and white image in an old art history book in grade school
3. "Breton Brother & Sister" by Bouguereau -- or anything by Bouguereau. I have a feeling that if I see this dude's stuff in person, I will fall passionately in love with him, as I am in love with John Singer Sargent already.
I also am looking forward to seeing the Early Gothic Hall, because I'm a sucker for medieval art and stained glass of all sorts. Okay, 'fess up -- what paintings are you guys dying to see in real life?