Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – Portrait de Comtesse D’Haussonville (1845). The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: ©The Frick Collection, Wikimedia Commons
By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout
So many people love the experience of visiting New York. I don’t. I’m overwhelmed by the stone jungle of office towers and the incessant noise of construction, police sirens, honking cars, and roars of unidentified machines. There is one thing, however, that attracts me to Manhattan like a bee to honey—its abundance of the most exquisite museums of fine art. I’ve just made a pilgrimage to New York’s Big Five: The Met, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, and the Whitney, now fully reopened for visitors hungry for art after pandemic closures. It’s like visiting familiar places and old friends, except that here, the places and people can be found on canvas. These temples of art are too large to see everything (I have tried), so you have to choose favorites from whatever is currently on display.