Friday, February 17, 2012

The Greek and Roman Galleries, Metropolitan Museum

The Greek and Roman Galleries, recently renovated, present a chronological history of the development of Classical art from its earliest beginnings in prehistoric Greece to the time when the Roman Empire was transformed by the espousal of Christianity. 




The galleries demonstrate the interconnections between these great civilizations, peoples and places as well as their lasting influence on western civilization. 




This grand vaulted gallery displays monumental Greek art of the 6th, 5th and 4th centuries B.C. 




The central area of the gallery feature large scale marble copies made during the Roman period (first century B.C. - third century A.D.) of Greek bronze statues created in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Also here one can find paradigms of original marble funerary monuments and vases of the sixth century B.C. The chronological division is maintained within the galleries. 

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