No other museum covers the history of humanity and its achievements as thoroughly as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not just the greatest art museum in America, but it is also the most complete encyclopedic art museum on the planet. Its breadth is rivaled only by the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, whose collections have significant gaps by comparison. The Great Courses lecture series by art history professor Richard Brettell is our guide for this one-of-a-kind trip through the Met's galleries. Instruction begins with a brief history of the museum, Central Park, and the city itself. Then you proceed up the broad steps facing Fifth Avenue and into the museum's Great Hall. A great art collection like The Metropolitan Museum of Art's is a place for dreamers, thinkers, and time travelers. It is a world where you can connect to people and cultures that are long vanished.
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