Art of the Classical World in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece o Cyprus o Etruria o Rome

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Nearly 500 outstanding objects from the collection of the Department of Greek and Roman Art in the Metropolitan Museum are assembled in this generously illustrated publication, published to coincide with the opening of the Museum’s new galleries of Hellenistic, Etruscan, and Roman art, and comprehensive Study Center.
The volume includes a detailed history of the collection by Carlos A. Picón and seven chapters that reflect the scope of the collection: the Neolithic and the Aegean Bronze Age, Geometric and Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, the Hellenistic Age, Cyprus, Etruria, and the Roman Empire. Notable are such treasures as a Cycladic figure of about 4500–4000 B.C., a fascinating and meticulously restored bronze and ivory Etruscan chariot from the sixth century B.C., and a number of well-preserved Roman wall paintings. An entry section includes an informative text about each object, along with a map for each chapter and a selection of drawings and details.

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Editorial Reviews

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This catalog was published in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of its new Greek and Roman galleries and Study Center. Authors Picón, Seàn Hemingway, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker, all Metropolitan curators, contributed two-page introductions to each time period, including the Neolithic and Aegean Bronze ages, Geometric and Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, Hellenistic Greece, Cyprus ca. 3900 B.C.E.-100 C.E., Etruria ca. 900 B.C.E.-100 C.E., and the Roman Empire. An 11-page history of the Department of Greek and Roman Art by Picón, the department's curator in charge, completes the textual material. But the beauty and primary use of this book lie in the lavish color illustrations of nearly 500 objects from the collection. Included are a two-page layout of the department's new floor plan; an index of artworks; a catalog of and notes on artworks; the concordance of catalog and accession numbers; the table of names of major Greek, Roman, and Etruscan divinities; and seven maps coordinated to each time period. Recommended for larger public, academic, and specialized libraries.
—Nancy J. Mactague

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300120318
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlos A. Picón is curator in charge; Seàn Hemingway is associate curator; Christopher S. Lightfoot is associate curator; Joan R. Mertens is curator; and Elizabeth J. Milleker is  curator, all in the Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Richard De Puma is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa.

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