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Greek and Roman Galleries – Cubiculum Nocturnum
Posted: August 1st, 2008
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These newly renovated galleries complete the reinstallation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Greek and Roman Art, which began in 1990. The focal point of the new galleries is the spectacular Leon Levy and Shelby White Court for Hellenistic and Roman art. Accompanying the Court is a series of galleries that trace the development of Hellenistic and Roman art in chronological order from the time of Alexander the Great (r. 336–323 B.C.) to that of Constantine the Great (r. A.D. 306–337). A newly created Hellenistic Treasury features rare and precious works of the Hellenistic Age.

The Boscoreale Cubiculum, which was located at the southern end of the Main Hall for many years, has also been installed in its proper chronological and artistic context. Located on the Mezzanine is a gallery dedicated to Etruscan art, which is distinct from but intimately linked to the arts of Greece and Rome. Maps are provided to illustrate the Hellenistic Kingdoms, Southern Italy, Etruria, and the Roman Empire. The Mezzanine also houses the Greek and Roman Study Collection, presenting important works of art and a varied array of artifacts from the Neolithic Age through Late Antiquity. A gallery for special exhibitions is located adjacent to the entrance to the Greek and Roman Study Collection.

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