In the metropolitan museum of art the GALLERIES ON THE SECOND FLOOR contain the following collections:
Balcony 3. The Morgan collection of Chinese porcelains.
Balcony 4. Drawings and etchings by old masters. Tapestries. Gallery 8. Coles Gallery of Tapestries, Capo di Monte Ware, Vases. 14-15. Reproductions in metal of objects in European museums. Oriental pottery. Glass. Tanagra figurines, Japanese ivories, sword
guards, basket work.
16. Greek, Roman, Etruscan antiquities. Goddess Cybele in chariot drawn by lions. Statue of Emperor Publius Septimus. Bronze Mirrors.
17. Chinese Porcelain.
18. Ellis collection of arms and armor. Suits of mail, swords, cross-bows, guns, pistols.
19. Old laces. Presented by Mrs. John Jacob Astor and others. 20-21. Japanese porcelains and pottery. Note Dancing Demons.
22. Gold and Silver Room. Engraved gems. Ornaments. Military
medals and decorations. Babylonian seal cylinders.
23. Fans and textile fabrics. Lazarus Collection of Fans.
24. European porcelains. Louis XVI vases, Portland Vase.
25, 26, 27, 28. Crosby-Brown Collection of the Musical Instruments of All Nations. More than 2,500 instruments.
29. Miscellaneous—Potteries. Ivories, bronzes, carvings. American antiquities. Budd hi s t sacred book. Hindu God Krishna. Chinese idols. Capo di Monte ware. Enamels. Medals, Siamese and Burmese coins.
The metropolitan museum of art also possesses an extensive collection of portraits, medals, and various historic relics of Washington, Franklin and Lafayette.
The PAINTINGS, which fill eleven galleries on the second floor, number over 700,
EVE WITH THE BODY OF ABEL. and comprise "examples of nearly all the important schools of painting from Jan Van Eyck and Hubert Van Eyck (1390-1440) to the latest and most interesting of the modern painters."
Of the 700 pictures it would be impossible to designate even in limited number those which for one quality or another deserve special attention. For our purpose it will be of practical aid to one whose time is limited to name some of the paintings which are most popular. The explanatory notes marked "C." are from the catalogue.
Twenty-five popular pictures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
181. THE MYSTERY OF LIFE. Carl Marr. An old man tired of life, hav¬ing courted death in every form without avail, discovers the lifeless form of a beautiful young girl on the shore, and cries in the agony and pity of his heart to his Maker to know why one so young and beautiful should be lost, and he, worn, weary and sad, allowed to live.—C.
232. WASHINGTON CROSSING TIIE DELAWARE. Emanuel Leutze. On Dec. 25, 1776, Washington determined to surprise the British at Trenton. Christmas night was selected for the enterprise. "The river was so full of floating ice that at first it was doubtful whether a crossing could be effected at all. A storm of sleet and snow had just commenced, and the night became excessively dark and dreary. The perilous voyage began early in the evening in boats and bateaux, but it was nearly four in the morning before the little army was mustered on the Jersey shore."—C.
235. LAST MOMENTS OF JOHN BROWN. Thomas Hovenden. John Brown, the Abolitionist, having invaded Virginia with a band of followers for the purpose of liberating the slaves by inciting an insurrection, was condemned to death and hanged at Charleston, Va., Dec. 2, 1859. "He met his death with serene composure."
247. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AT THE COURT OF FERDINAND THE CATHOLIC AND ISABELLA OF CASTILE. Vacslav von Brozik. (1852-190I).
317. PEACE AND PLENTY. George Inness.
417. RELIGIOUS PROCESSION IN BRITTANY. Jules Breton (1827—). In Brittany almost every saint has his special patronage and on his fete day a pilgrimage or pardon is celebrated, when indulgence for past sins is obtained. These pardons take place at fixed periods around about certain churches, but often in uncultivated fields, where tents are erected, and where the fete continues for several days, and is attended by thousands of the peasantry.
448. THE LAST TOKEN—A CHRISTIAN MARTYR. Gabriel Max (1840—).
451. "LOST." A. F. A. Schenck.
499. WEANING THE CALVES. Rosa Bonheur.
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