Greece and Rome
Greece and Rome presents the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collections of classical art, which range from early Cycladic pieces—dating from about 2700 B.C.—to works created in Rome at the time of the conversion to Christianity of the emperor Constantine in A.D. 312.
Entries by Joan R. Mertens illustrate many of the finest examples of Cycladic, Cypriot, Attic, East Greek, archaic, geometric, classical Greek and Etruscan art. Entries by Maxwell Anderson on Roman art introduce examples of late republican wall painting, silver, and glass, portrait busts and statues of emperors, their consorts and relatives, as well as of anonymous citizens—giving us a broad picture of the styles and attitudes favored during Rome's long history. In addition to portraiture, Roman art is represented by the famous wall paintings from Boscotrecase, architectural elements from Domitian's palace, marble funerary altars and sarcophagi, and utilitarian and luxury items in terracotta, glass, gold, and silver.