The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new British Galleries, which dovetail with the museum’s 150th anniversary and cover England’s ascent from 1500 to 1900, are a triumph in every sense of the word — darkly handsome for the most part and quietly spectacular, with soaring cases of exquisite silver and porcelain teapots that place the tea trade in the context of colonialism and slavery as well as three ravishingly reimagined historic interiors. Our favorite is the recreated dining room of Lansdowne House in London, once the home of several prime ministers and tycoons like William Waldorf Astor. With its soft green palette and Neoclassical nudes, it looks like a gorgeous piece of Wedgwood. Amateur classicist that I am, I could happily live there but will be content to visit again and again.
For more, visit metmuseum.org and look for our in-depth story in April WAG.
— Georgette Gouveia