Yesterday, POB (partner of blogger), SOPOBAB (son of POB and blogger) and I joined HOSOB (husband of sister of blogger) and FOB (father of blogger) went to the Met to look at the Kubla Khan exhibit (everyone now spells Kubla in a more authentic way, but it was 10am on a Saturday and that kind of information will not get absorbed into my brain).
SOPOBAB is studying Chinese and the information on a significant dynasty was appealing to him. Also POB talked up the portraiture galleries which had pictures of Revolutionary heroes, etc. SOPOBAB has read a lot about that, too, and seemed interested.
Great, I think, ancient Chinese dynasties and portrait galleries, could there be anything else I would want to see LESS on a Saturday morning at 10am? Arms and Armor. Ok, I am lucky I think. At least no trifecta.
As a child I hated going to the Met. It was an overwhelming place with furniture exhibits, armory and ancient Greek statues. None of it mattered to me. As an adult, I enjoy the Modern Wing and some of the African art, probably because I have studied some about the art in these areas.
I actually enjoyed the Kubla Khan show, most especially because I watched SOPOBAB find things of interest and talk to FOB and HOSOB about portions of the exhibit. SOPOBAB, at 8 years old, is a young man who can navigate an exhibit at a museum.
The American Wing was closed for renovation. The gods were smiling on me. No portraits of American heroes. Phew. Waaaaaitt!!! Where are we going now? Not to the diner for lunch? no? Arms and Armory? Really?
Ok, so I walk through the exhibit that totally freaked me out when I was a kid. All of this body armor. I am a sport and try to focus and learn something.
I look at the body armor and read about the history. And then, in a moment, the one sight that compelled a blog entry:
It is hard to see, but Kind Ferdinand of Spain needed a lot of extra space for his genitals. No other body armor has this. I think this was a message to his adversaries.
So, I learned that in every exhibit, there is something for everyone.