Art The illustrated map of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The illustrated map of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emanuele D'Angelo

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to as “The Met”, is one of the largest and most important museums in the United States. Its headquarters is located on the east side of Central Park in New York City, along what is called the Museum Mile.

The Met building is about 450 meters long and occupies an area of more than 180,000 square meters, a place that oozes art and history from all sides, where you can always find something new or something that has escaped in recent visits.

Thus John Kerschbaum undertook the arduous task in 2004 of illustrating to visitors a condensed but no less detailed map of the objects on display at the MET.
A feat not for everyone, the artist also had to deal with some modifications, as the museum added and removed exhibitions and pieces in the following years, but the guide is still valid for people visiting the institution.

“One of the biggest challenges was keeping up with the museum itself. Every time I visited, it was different than my previous visit,” says the illustrator. Taking inspiration from a 1976 poster of Manhattan by artist Tony Graham, the whimsical, colorful map that was completed in 2007 has humored visitors ever since. Starting with the Egyptian wing in the bottom right corner, and stretching to include sights like medieval armor, Renaissance portraits, and Grecian sculptures, the Where’s Waldo? compactness of the guide features a hidden scavenger hunt along its borders.

While waiting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to reopen, all you have to do is leaf through the very long and complicated map designed by John Kerschbaum so that you can get ready for a new tour.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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