Friday, January 23, 2009

I Heart... Artwork of the Day

So, I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Those of you who are lucky enough to live in NYC can visit as often as you like.  However, for those of use beyond the five boroughs, that's a little trickier to manage.  Or at least it was...

Look over there.  At the top of the left column... see, it says "Artwork of the Day."  This is my new favorite daily treasure!

Artwork of the Day is a feed from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Each day they choose a piece of art from their HUGE collection.  And here's the best part: they aren't chosen randomly.  The choices in January, for example, have been very wintery and chilly paintings.  During Hanukkah and Christmas, their selections were seasonal.  On Epiphany, an image of the three wise men.  I love the timeliness of each choice -- a link between art and life.

In fact, just the other day this was the Met's Artwork of the Day [Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art]:
That's "Sports on a Frozen River " by Aert van der Neer, a Dutch painter from the 17th century.

On the same day, this was a photo on Jaunted.com in a story about skating in the Netherlands [Photo: AP via Yahoo ]:
I have to wonder if they both are of the same place about 400 years apart... clearly, I need to go to the Netherlands to find out.

To subscribe to the Met's Artwork of the Day feed , visit their website.  And enjoy!
A note to Google reader users:  here's the link you will need.  The one they list doesn't quite work in the Google reader.
http://www.google.com/ig/adde?hl=en&moduleurl=http://www.metmuseum.org/feeds/artworkoftheday.aspx&source=imag

Thanks to all of my visitors from Photo Friday at Deliciousbaby.com  .  

11 comments:

Soultravelers3 said...

I LOVE this post! We adore the Met & brought "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates" with us on our open ended world tour as a home school friendly itinerary guide for our time in the Netherlands.

Can't wait to show it to kidlet and discuss!

kidsgowest said...

Good tip, I already love my national geographic photo of the day, I'm gonna have to check this one out too.

Wanderluster said...

I'll be in NY next month. Thanks for the reminder of this great place to visit while I'm there.

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing this information!

Amy said...

That is so cool! We can all use more art in our lives.

DeliciousBaby said...

What a great idea! thanks for sharing

Meredith Teagarden said...

Thank you!

Dominique said...

Thanks for pointing out the Artwork of the Day feed...I added it to my Google reader. I've yet to go to the Met, although I do check out their online site from time to time and buy a few things from the catalog (I got my mom a great umbrella from there this year for Christmas).

We've got some wonderful art museums here in the Midwest (Detroit, as well as the Cleveland and Toledo Art museums in Ohio are quite good and accessible for me), but going to NY to see the Met is something I've always wanted to do.

Morgan said...

i love that the sculpture "the promised land" was used on inauguration day... http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/all/the_promised_land_franklin_simmons/objectview.aspx?collID=0&OID=20012966&vT=1

also, the met posted about this a little while back on twitter (@metmuseum). good place to get fun tidbits like this.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Morgan, thank you! I've been hunting for the Met's Twitter ID, but they weren't on any of the usual Museum lists. Now I am following them, too. :)

Cheers!

Vera Marie said...

I'm a little late getting to this party, but just had to thank you for pointing out this link. I finally got to the Met on my last visit to New York City. Always before I had rushed around and missed it. But last visit, I set aside two half days to see a bit of their fabulous collection. And the best place in NYC to eat lunch--the roof of the Met.
Vera Marie Badertscher
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