The Easel

Meet the Met

James Panero sets out to visit all 400 plus rooms of New York’s Metropolitan Museum in one day. “The journey [took] seven hours—about a minute a room. Yet for all of the six-million-plus visitors …, there are many quiet oases. This means that Gallery 632, a room of Vermeers that might otherwise be swamped if included elsewhere in some blockbuster exhibition, I could enjoy in near solitude.”