where in the world?

In an odd juxtaposition of entries I just wrote and books I just started, I am in the Met, underneath the portrait of Madame X, reading an excerpt of Laura Kinsale, watching tourists take pictures of the Monets.

I am so happy.


General Bitching...

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    mirain says:

    Ooh, get one of the tourist to take a snap of the whole (meta)scene so you can post it!

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    Jaci Burton says:


    I’ve never been to NY. I am jealous.

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    rebyj says:

    Oh how FUN!! Wanna trade saturdays?

    My son came to spend the summer with me and between his dad and his packing he arrived with a suitcase filled with underwear, socks and xbox games , I kid you not, not one pair of pants or shirt was packed. We spent the day at thrift stores and yard sales looking for cheap clothing LOL.

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    kukulcan girl says:

    Sounds like the perfect Saturday.  Sargent is one of my favorite artists….

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    Kalen Hughes says:

    Ooooooooo, I love the Met! I spent HOURS in the pocket watch exhibit when I was there last . . .

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    Susan/DC says:

    There must be something in the ether—just yesterday I had a conversation about “Madame X” and how scandalous it was when Sargent painted it.  The first time I saw it was in an exhibit of his work, hung one one side of a doorway with the portrait of Dr. Pozzolli (sp?) hung on the other.  The info on the exhibit said the curators had done that on purpose, since they were rumored to have had an affair.  And who said history or museums were dull?

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    AgTigress says:

    Some day I really must look at the paintings in the Metropolitan Museum.  In a total of about 8 visits to New York over the last 15-20 years, I have spent many, many hours there, but I have not yet managed to sate my fascination with the Classical, Egyptological, Ancient Near Eastern and Medieval collections before exhaustion claims me.  And of course, there are other museums to see as well – the Natural History Mus., and the Cloisters, for example.
    Same problem at the Louvre:  I have been there scores and scores of times, but only once did I manage to look briefly at some of the paintings before returning to the archaeology and the decorative arts.  It’s not that I don’t like paintings:  just that they come below archaeology/antiquities and the decorative arts in my list of priorities.
    Life’s too short for all one wants to do.

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    CEmerson says:

    Sarah, I know exactly where you are!  When I went to the Met some years back, I sat down on the floor in front of the Sargents and just stayed there.  Bliss right down to the bones; I remember that feeling so well.  Love Madame X.  Love the woman in the red velvet dress.  Love that sporty-looking woman in the white skirt, with her husband back in the shadows.  All Sargent’s people look like they have stories, just waiting to be told.

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