Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street  1881

by Frank Waller

Waller endeavored to improve American taste and art instruction and applauded new museums such as the Metropolitan, which opened in 1870. He set this scene in the Museum’s second home, the Douglas Mansion on West Fourteenth Street, which it occupied from 1873 to 1879. The work presents a female visitor as the archetypal devotee of art and culture, thus expressing women’s a...
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art