By Carlos A. Picón, et al.
Hardcover, clothbound with jacket
550 illustrations (500 in full color and 7 maps)
8 1/2'' x 11''
This beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched publication celebrates the inauguration of the entire suite of galleries for Greek and Roman art, completed in the Spring 2007 after almost 15 years of reinstallation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The expansive new installation presents the extraordinary holdings of classical art in a logical progression, beginning with its first manifestations in the Cycladic islands in the fifth millennium B.C. and ending with the spread of Christianity in the fourth century A.D. The nearly five hundred objects reproduced in color in this volume attest to the richness and variety of the Museum’s collections, and also serve as a guide to the succession of installations of Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman art, along with the impressive representations of the cultures of ancient Cyprus and Etruria. The book begins with a detailed history by curator-in-charge Carlos A. Picón, then organizes the collection into chapters that reflect its grand scope: the Neolithic and Aegean Bronze age, Geometric and Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, the Hellenistic Age, Cyprus, Etruria, and the Roman Empire. An entry section includes information about each object, along with a map of each section and a selection of drawings and details. Also included is a detailed history documenting many of the people and occurrences that have helped shape the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum, together with a number of archival photographs of the galleries in their earlier manifestations.