Today I met a friend from out of town for lunch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and we admired the new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art … and did a spot of nitpicking as experts (one) and seasoned museum goers (both of us).
For those of you who know the museum: The Byzantine galleries are the ones at the left and right sides of the Grand Staircase (where you walk through to get to the Medieval Section), and they are connected by a crypt-like area that has been opened up underneath the staircase, with the original brickwork maintained. It contains the section Byzantine Egypt in the South. It says in the brochure that
[the] newly expanded galleries restore much of the original Morris Hunt and Richard Howland Hunt 1894-1902 Beaux Arts plan for the building’s monumental Fifth Avenue facade and entrance.
As to the museum’s new entrance fee policy, here is a recent piece by fellow blogger Dorothy King: Into the Metropolitan Museum: What’s It Worth to You?