Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Art Review: "Rooms With a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century" at the Met

"Woman at the Window" (1822) by Friedrich
NEW YORK - In "Rooms With a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century," the Metropolitan Museum of Art zeroes in on a period in art — German romanticism (the early to mid-1800s). If the show has a hero, it's Caspar David Friedrich. In his maturity, he became known for paintings of spiritual pilgrims pondering moonlit landscapes, alpine sunsets or other sublime vistas. What the romantics saw in these luminous windows was a yearning for something distant and ineffable, a metaphor for spiritual longing. The exhibit runs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today through July 4, 2011. [Source: New Jersey.com]