Art and Latin Field Trip to the MET

Caroline Meyer

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Michelangelo, Modernism, and marble were just a few of the exhibits the AT Art, AT Art History, and Latin students saw during their field trip to the Met on November 13. The AT Art students spent their day observing masterworks and sketching what they saw, the AT Art History students exercised their knowledge of different art movements by viewing the pieces they studied in class, while the Latin students translated the Latin text on Roman artwork and funerary monuments. The day started off with a visit to the newly opened and widely publicized Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer exhibition. The galleries displayed the few remaining sketches from Michelangelo’s career as well as a beautiful replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Never again will this collection of drawings be presented in the same space again so it was incredibly fortunate that this group of students was able to receive a viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Next, the group went to the Greek and Roman Art exhibition where they studied Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic works of art such as reliefs, funerary monuments, and sculptures of busts. Though many of the sculptures were replications, the craftsmanship and attention to detail of the original artwork was immaculate and well executed. In the afternoon, the classes visited the Reimagining Modernism exhibit. There they viewed modern works of art by artists such as Chagall and Hopper. Overall, the field trip was a great success and the students gained a better appreciation of the artwork available just 30 minutes south of them.