Forecasts have been wrong before this week, but the weather is supposed to stay below freezing for all of Saturday and Sunday. Well, good thing too because it's a great time to hide out at the Met, where some notable exhibits are closing on Feb. 1 (and the massive Leonard A. Lauder collection of Cubist paintings is rounding out its run on Feb. 16.)
El Greco in New York (Feb. 1)
For the 400th anniversary of thepainter's death, the Hispanic Society of America is displaying its collection alongside the holdings of the museum for the most comprehensive display of Greco's work outside of Madrid. Though much of his work consisted of icon paintings, Greco was renowned for his portraiture, which could convey not merely uncanny likeness but the subject's character.
Working in the courts of a cardinal, a pope and two Holy Roman Emperors didn't dull this artist's "immense aptitude for composing allegories featuring amorous couples entwined in complicated and seemingly impossible poses." Try to keep the giggling to a minimum while you browse this collection, much of which is on loan from international and private collections.
Mourning garments were traditionally plain, reflecting the grieving person removing herself from the concerns of fashion, something as minor as propriety just couldn't keep those flamboyant Victorians down. Entire outfits, including accessories and jewelry (this collection is housed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center) are on display for our reflection - and the envy of goth kids everywhere.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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