A Day at the Met
My daughter Mélanie and I are in New York for me to have book-related meetings. Saturday we spent a lovely afternoon rambling through the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and only seeing a fraction of its treasures). They have a special exhibit of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun's paintings which was an added treat for me, as I got to see portraits of real historical people who are characters in my books. But I think Mélanie's favorites were the period rooms, which have always been favorites of mine as well. For me, it's like stepping into history (and now into my books), and it's such a treat now to watch my daughter having the same experience (with Mummy saying things like "Sofia's family could eat at this dining table" or "that looks like it could belong to Anna and Elsa").
We sat on the steps of the façade of an 1823 building (an American bank, but it's not hard to imagine it as a London great house).
The Federalist rooms in the American Wing for me evoke the type of room that my characters might actually live in, particularly in a smaller London house (as opposed to a London great house like Devonshire House or a country estate). Mélanie seemed intrigued too.
We had a late lunch in the American Wing café and enjoyed this sculpture of a mama jaguar and her cubs.
We drank in the atmosphere of the Robert Adam dining room from Lansdowne House that has already inspired several scenes in my books.
Mélanie is fascinated by period china and silver.
We examined a firescreen that will probably find it's way into one of my books though the colors and composition reminded Mel of Ariel on her rock in The Little Mermaid.
One of Mélanie's favorite things was throwing coins in the water by the Temple of Dendur.
What spots at the Met or other museums do you find most inspiring? Writers, do they make you feel like you're walking into a scene from one of your books?