The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I

by Harmony Difo for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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"I spend many months of the year on the road as a writer and travel journalist visiting dozens of locations worldwide as well as in my home country. My very first cultural stop every time I make a return home to the United States is, always, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ⁣ ⁣ The soothing visuals, cool, clean hallways and stunning architecture along with the thousands of glittering, divinely-inspired masterpieces on every wall is a balm to all of my senses. It is always my first stop because I know that The Met will never let me down, and I will leave the building awestruck, inspired and full of memories. ⁣ ⁣ On a hot late-summer day this past October, only 24 hours after landing at JFK from a wonderful but exhausting trip that included a round-the-country review of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian empire, I was greeted by something truly extraordinary. ⁣ ⁣ Straight from the Middle Ages of Austria itself, the Museum had just opened 'The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I.' I circled the exhibition for hours, in awe of the 180 perfectly preserved specimens of Austrian history glittering right before my very eyes. I learned from a friendly museum aid that many of the pieces had never before been displayed to the public outside of Europe. I felt honored to be a witness to such a momentous occasion. It was also crystal clear how much sincere effort, toil, and detail had gone into this exhibition from the creative placement of each item, to the floor plan, to the armor itself. ⁣ ⁣ To see such an exhaustive collection of items from the exact region of the world I had just visited and studied was so thoroughly welcoming, heartening, and delightful that I vowed to thank the Museum in whatever small way that I could. I was so proud to be a patron of The Met the day and even more proud of the curators, benefactors, handlers, and every single Met staff member who graciously provided a weary traveler with an experience of a lifetime and the perfect ending to an epic adventure. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you and congratulations to The Met—cheers to 150 years more."⁣ ⁣ Thank you Harmony Difo (@harmonydifo) for this delightful Met Story. ❤️ ⁣#MyMetStory #Met150⁣

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Special thanks to the Met Arms & Armor Department for this gorgeous exchange. xoHD

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