Art of the Classical World in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Greece o Cyprus o Etruria o Rome Carlos A. Picón, Seán Hemingway, Christopher Lightfoot, Joan R. Mertens, Elizabeth J. Milleker

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
01 Apr 2007
ISBN:
9780300120318
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
520 pages: 279 x 216mm
Illustrations:
41b-w + 595 color illus., 7 maps

Categories:

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.

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.

"The legacy of Greece is everywhere, not just in Athens and Rome. That point is made clear in the sun-washed galleries of the Met, and in the splendid new catalog of these rooms. We are all Greeks. We are all Romans."?Gary Wills, New York Review of Books


"With historic photography as well as sumptuous color illustrations and individual entries on the objects, Art of the Classical World chronicles the history of the department of Greek and Roman art?how the collection was amassed and exhibited over the years. . . . It will likely become a standard in the field."?American Association of Museums


"Sumptuous. . . . The truly outstanding color illustrations almost obviate autopsy, furnishing details that could easily escape even the most meticulous observer."?Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, Bryn Mawr Classical Review


"The transformation of the galleries housing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's enormous classical collections is finally complete. For those unable to visit New York, this lavishly illustrated book is the next best thing. For those who are, the book will make their visit even richer. Images and descriptions of hundreds of individual artifacts are complemented by photography of both the new installation and earlier stages."?Interior Design