Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rooms with a View at the Met

"Open the window!

Let in the daylight!

Open your mind to what is going on all around..."

So sang Miss Stacy, Anne Shirley's beloved new teacher, to an intrigued group of Avonlea students in the 1965 musical Anne of Green Gables

Is there anything more full of possibility than a room with a view?  E. M. Forster thought not. 

And I'll bet that Virginia Woolf's room of one's own would not be complete without a view to contemplate. 

Even Harriet Jacobs' self-imposed room of her own had a view that she made herself, with a found tool, so she could watch over her children in the street below.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of rooms with a view from April 5 through July 4.  Let's take a peek:

Do gentle readers have a favourite real--or fantasy--view from a room?


materfamilias said...

That looks like the perfect exhibition -- splendidly focused. I wish I could hop on a plane . . . .
As for a favourite view, I'm happy to say that mine is the one I look at every day, although I'm also pleased when I'm looking at the rooftops of Paris. And I truly love looking out at the farmer and his dog working the sheep on the Yorkshire moors just outside my cousin's window.

L'age moyen said...

I love images framed in a window. The idea seems very romantic and I really have no idea why. Maybe it's the pleasure of having interior and exterior scenery in a single view. I would love to see this exhibit.