Monday, March 14, 2011

The Top Five at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tyler Green (Modern Art Notes) recently posted about Museum collection top tens: The Metropolitan.

This lists the ten most-accessed artworks - starting with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see end)

Now it looks to me like a request was made for information and that information was supplied.  Albeit based on traffic for the last eight months.  It was also recognised that it might be distorted due to an object being highlighted elsewhere.

I sat and thought for a bit and then decided to see if I could find a way to replicate the listing via another means - which I did!

What follows are links to the top five webpages on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website (excluding the routine) in recent months across different dimensions of the museum's activities.

Top Five Collections 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.

Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year.
About the Met
  1. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - which for me is one of the highlights of art history on the Internet.  It's an invaluable resource and has amazing contents which can keep me occupied for hours at a time! 
  2. Works of Art - The Cloisters (Medieval art)
  3. Works of Art the Costume Institute
  4. The Art of Ancient Egypt
  5. The Unicorn Tapestries
Unicorn Tapestries

Top Five Artists

Interesting to see who pop up as the top artist!  
  1. Leonardo da Vinci - draftsman
  2. Jasper Johns (born 1930)
  3. Degas
  4. Van Gogh
  5. Childe Hassam 
Poppies, Isles of Shoals by Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)
Pastel on paper; 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm) ca. 1890

Top Five Exhibitions
  1. The Glory of Byzantium  
  2. Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú April 27, 2010–October 31, 2010
  3. Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans September 22, 2009–January 3, 2010
  4. Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid September 10, 2009–November 29, 2009
  5. Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective May 20, 2009–August 16, 2009
I excluded those pages which were very much about fashion.  These were:
  1. Superheroes - Fashion and Fantasy 
  2. The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion May 6, 2009–August 9, 2009
  3. American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity May 5, 2010–August 15, 2010
  4. Charles Frederick Worth (1826–1895) and The House of Worth
Top Five Works of Art
There's an astonishingly diverse and eclectic range of items which rank as most popular
  1. "Mondrian" day dress, Source: Yves Saint Laurent: "Mondrian" day dress (C.I.69.23) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  2.  The Frank Lloyd Wright Room Source: Frank Lloyd Wright: Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota (1972.60.1) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  3. Leap into the Void, 1960 Yves Klein (French, 1928–1962); Harry Shunk (German, 1924–2006); Janos Kender (Hungarian, 1937–1983)  Source: Leap into the Void (1992.5112) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  4. Journey of the Prophet Muhammad; Leaf from a copy of the Majmac al-tawarikh (Compendium of Histories), ca. 1425; Timurid  Source: | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  5. L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911), 1888–89
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
      Source: Vincent van Gogh: L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (née Marie Julien, 1848–1911) (51.112.3) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Then there was this page Explore and Learn - George Washington crossing the Delaware - which comes very high but appears to be an education resource for teaching the elements of design and composition

Top ten artworks as per Tyler Green

It's fascinating because the list is not the same as supplied in Modern Art Notes - which is as follows.
  1. Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space, 1923
  2. George Platt Lynes, [Fashion Photograph for Lord & Taylor], 1940
  3. Valentina, dress, 1940s
  4. Pablo Picasso, The Frugal Repast, 1904, printed 1913
  5. Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950
  6. Marble statue of a kouros, ca. 590-580 BC
  7. Nicolas Poussin, The Abduction of the Sabine Women, 1633-34
  8. The Temple of Dendur, ca. 15 BC
  9. The Unicorn in Captivity, 1495-1505
  10. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Harvesters, 1565
Top Ten artworks viewed at the Guggenheim

The Guggenheim decided as a result of the above post to give people a taster of what their top ten artworks are on their Facebook page!  See Top 10 Most Visited Works on

Are there any surprises for anybody?


    TXSCKB said...

    I am so happy to find the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History through your blog. What a wonderful, wonderful resource. Thanks for your blog--I don't see how you have time to keep up the blog and have the rest of your life as well, but I am eternally grateful that you do.

    Cynthia Baird
    San Diego California

    Making A Mark said...

    It's wonderful isn't it. :) It can keep me occupied for hours and hours!

    B. J. Adams Art said...

    There were quite a few surprises but as Cynthia said, the Timeline is well worth a lot of time. Thank you for all the information you keep bringing into lives each day.
    B. J. Adams
    Washington, DC

    Tina Mammoser said...

    Thanks for all the fashion links! Loving the 'Model as Muse' page and the videos/presentations. :)

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