Spotlight Series: Museum Favorites of an Art Historian

Our wonderful guides are well-versed in leading clients to art that is best-aligned with their personal tastes. We value them as much for their dynamic personalities and engaging teaching styles as we do for their deep knowledge of art history.

In order to let you get to know our guides better we’ve decided to do a special Spotlight Series on our blog. Each month we’ll to shine a light on one of our unique guides by sharing, in their own words, their favorite art objects at the museum they most love to tour.

Senta’s Favorites at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The painting recreates the stillness and intensity of pious religious worship in the Renaissance.  It also shows a circumstance in which the conservation department at the museum has been overzealous; the halo of the monk has been removed and now can only be seen when looking at the surface of the painting.  I like how this can only be seen by actually being in front of the painting itself.

This little guy is a Spartan warrior, dating to the 6th century BC.  He’s one of 10’s of thousands of these lead votives given to the goddess Artemis at her Temple at the site of Sparta in Greece, where I have worked.  This is the sort of dedication that young Spartan soldiers would make in the hopes of becoming brave and strong.  The Spartans beat the Athenians in the Peloponnesian War the first Total War in the West, at the end of the 5th century BC.

This painting reminds me of a place I know in England where I used to walk in the evenings.  It perfectly captures the quality of the light for a fleeting moment in a rural context at sunset.

Be on the lookout for next month’s Spotlight featuring another of our amazing guides!

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