The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue

Florine Stettheimer American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

Turning her gaze to Fifth Avenue, Stettheimer treats the spectacles of high society and consumerism with affectionate humor. A newly wedded couple emerges from a church, ready to begin a life of excess and acquisition. Floating above them are the names of New York’s most exclusive shops and food establishments; "Tiffany’s" is spelled out in jeweled letters, and "Altman’s" is shaped from fine home furnishings. At right, Stettheimer and her sisters exit a limousine near Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s gilded Sherman Monument. Like the other three paintings in the series (see MMA 53.24.1, 53.24.2, and 53.24.3), a gilded frame of the artist’s design surrounds the canvas.

The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue, Florine Stettheimer (American, Rochester, New York 1871–1944 New York, New York), Oil on canvas

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