Saturday, January 20, 2007

Brooklyn Museum of Art

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is the second largest museum in New York City, right after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. It opened in 1897 and today, it boasts one of the finest Egyptian art collections outside of Cairo, Egypt. The museum has 560,000 square feet (52,024 square meters) of floor space and over 1,500,000 piece of artifacts in its collection.

The Brookly Museum of Art received a major face lift and added an additional 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters) of glass pavilion in 2005. The new lobby consists of an exhibition space for sculptures and a specially made aluminium and glass staircase that leads up to an open promenade on the second floor.

This photo shows the new glass pavilion and the stairs leading up to the promenade. The sculptures in the background are two of a number of pieces by Rodin in the museum collection.

9 comments:

Ovelikios said...

Absolutely beloved city and your photos are charming indeed.

Greetings from Athens, thanks for your visit.

Olivier said...

merci pour ce post, belle photo et tres bon commentaire. c'est un superbe musée.
Je te souhaite un bon weeck end

thank you for this post, beautiful photograph and very good comment. it is a superb museum. I wish you a good weeck end

Dsole said...

That's an interesting building... maybe they added this glass-entry after the building?

angela said...

All that light..all the better to see the exhibits!
Angela

Sally said...

Yet another wonderful place to add to the New York To See List!

Lavender Lady said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this. I have very fond memories of visiting here 40 some years ago. I think It is time I came back for a return visit.

tigerfish said...

the transparent glass ceilings that oversees the building outside reminde me of Lourve at France.

Delta Movies said...

Rodin is one of my favorite sculptures. His tendency to intentionally distort the size of appendages in relation to the whole is facsinating.

As a student of Egyptian history, I found the Brooklyn Museum's collection simply breathtaking both in scope and quality. A 'Must-see' for anyone interested in Egyptology.

Advice: Go to and from the museum via subway or taxi only! Do not attempt to walk as the neighborhoods nearby can rattle your sense of safety.

Cheers!
DMov

Ming_the_Merciless said...

DMov - I took the train there and it exits right in front of the museum. Obviously, I took the same train back to Manhattan and didn't encounter any problem. You were adventureous to venture beyond the museum area, ergo you run in with trouble. :-)