April 13, 2016

2390, 2457 UNITED STATES (New York) - Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

2390 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (1)

Posted on 19.03.2016, 13.04.2016
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, and among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is one of the world's largest art galleries by area. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture and artifacts from Medieval Europe.

2457 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (2)

The museum first opened on February 20, 1872, housed in a building located at 681 Fifth Avenue. In 1880, after a brief move to the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street, the Museum opened to the public at its current site on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. The architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould designed the initial Ruskinian Gothic structure, the west facade of which is still visible in the Robert Lehman Wing. The building has since expanded greatly, and the various additions, built as early as 1888, now completely surround the original structure.

The Museum's Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue facade and Great Hall, designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, opened to the public in December 1902. The Evening Post reported that at last New York had a neoclassical palace of art, "one of the finest in the world, and the only public building in recent years which approaches in dignity and grandeur the museums of the old world." A comprehensive architectural plan for the Museum by the architects Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates was approved in 1971 and completed in 1991.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2390
Three of the stamp are part of the series Classic American Aircraft, about which I wrote here. About the other one, which celebrates the beauty and grace of the hummingbird, I wrote here.

On the postcard 2457
The first stamp is part of the series Progress in Electronics, about which I wrote here. About the second stamp, featuring a portrait of George Washington, I wrote here. About the last stamp, Neon Celebrate!, I wrote here.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Wikipedia
About the Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art official website

Sender 2390, 2457: Denise
2390: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 09.02.2015
2457: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 21.02.2014

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