Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Rooms with a View at the Met
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?