Archive for December, 2011

Islamic Art

I checked out the Met’s new Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands. Five-point stars, six-point stars, eight-and twelve-point stars – every conceivable geometrical interlace — wrought in rosewood, ivory and tile. Splendid!

Regarding the Met, see diary entry June 3, 1873 by George Templeton Strong. Here in part.

Visited this aft[ernoon] the “Metropolitan Museum of Art” in the late Mrs. Douglas Cruger’s palazzo [on] West 14th St[reet]. The Cesnola collection of antiquities from Cyprus is interesting and large. Some of the glass vessels are exquisitely colored with iridescence from partial decomposition or disintegration of the surface….Some of these things are costly and curious… This collection promises very well indeed. Twenty years hence it will probably have grown into a really instructive museum.

(New York Diaries 1609-2009, p. 177.)

Gramercy Park, nos. 3-5, Manhattan. November 27, 1935. 1935

NYPL Notes: Man leaving gate of 5 Gramercy Park, decorative ironwork adorns houses, which also have iron lamps at base of stairs. Source: Changing New York.: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

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Photographs from this series taken by Berenice Abbott  for the Federal Projects Administration. Available at NYPL. · Changing New York, 1935-1938.