I really like The Met. Every time I go there I'm surprised by how much I like it. I mean I expect to like it, but it's always so great.
I get more of a sense of purpose there. It's better think thoughts like "I want to paint like Rubens" than it is to think small thoughts like "I want to paint this skull."
Look at this Rubens painting with the wolf biting the spear. [link] And here it is again [link] Isn't it the great? I decided we need more wolves and dogs attacking things in art. It's a good alternative to dogs playing poker in art.
Here is a good illustration of dogs not playing poker. [link] This is another thing I saw in person lately.