The place that will be discussed here is the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is situated in New York, the USA. It is the largest art museum in the country with a magnificent collection of artworks representing various cultures and periods in the history of humanity. It stands in the so-called Museum Mile on the eastern part of Central Park, so all visitors can feel a specific vibe of the place that inspires you and prepares you for seeing things of unusual beauty and value. The building also impresses visitors, and by its architecture, so it becomes clear that it is a place of art and inspiration.
The selected virtual tour is devoted to Chinese culture and its relations with the Western world. It is a surprising fact that the majority of people living in the USA do not possess the appropriate knowledge of this country and its traditions, although they are present in their everyday life (“China: West Meets East at The Metropolitan Museum of Art”). The tour offers new multiple facts about China, but the fascinating fact is the ability to preserve a unique style that makes all objects belonging to this culture recognizable. For instance, after the American Revolution, Chinese artists started to create objects for Americans, using motifs peculiar to this land (“China: West Meets East at The Metropolitan Museum of Art”). However, even under these conditions, they also managed to follow their style that can be seen in shapes, choice of colors, materials, and techniques used to create a masterpiece.
All objects seen in the museum possess a unique appearance and style. To a greater degree, it is achieved by the combination of colors. For instance, a white vase with a blue ornament looks attractive and stylish, and, at the same time, it can easily be related to Chinese culture. The same pattern can be seen in many other objects, which means that the combination of colors and shapes was one of the major tools used by artists to create their artworks. It should be said that forms also work effectively in creating a general impression and affecting visitors (Ficher-Rathus 87). The majority of objects have prolonged and flowing lines, they are elongated and do not have sharp edges. It creates a specific impression that becomes linked to the Chinese culture and its art.
Although presented objects were created in some past periods of history, they are still relevant. True art cannot be affected by time as masterpieces remain attractive for people who live in other epochs. For this reason, plates, vases, cups, or paintings exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are still topical and can be associated with the modern Chinese culture as they have shapes and features that are peculiar to this country and help people to discover its unique nature.
Altogether, the given visit can be considered a useful experience that helps to broaden horizons. China has an ancient culture that penetrated many other states and can be seen in multiple places. The museum’s exhibition provides an opportunity to learn new information about it and become able to see objects belonging to this culture in everyday life, which is essential for people. Additionally, it shows that art is diverse and has different shapes that emerge under the impact of nations’ mentalities and values. This idea is important for the acceptance of other traditions and customs.
“China: West Meets East at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” YouTube, 2009. Web.
Ficher-Rathus, Lois. Understanding Art. 11th ed., Cengage Learning, 2016.