Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sculptural Wonders

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City houses one of the most extensive collections of Greek and Roman art in North America. Many of the marble statues are housed in the beautifully designed Mary & Michael Jaharis Gallery, where the barrel-vaulted ceilings bathe the sculptural wonders in natural light. Behind this hall, the Leon Levy & Shelby White Court features a central fountain and skylit ceiling, which invokes the feeling of entering an outdoor garden.

Mary & Michael Jaharis Gallery
Greek Art of the 6th, 5th & 4th Centuries B.C.

Head of a Herm
A square or rectangular pillar with the head of Hermes
(usually with a beard) adorning the top of the pillar.

Leon Levy & Shelby White Court
Hellenistic, Etruscan & Roman Art

The Greek god of wine.
Here he leans on a female figure.

The Greek goddess of love, beauty & sexuality.

Famous for his strength.

In a central section of the museum, with windows overlooking Central Park, the Carroll & Milton Petrie Court houses French and Italian sculptures, and was designed to resemble a classical French garden. This court incorporates the 1888 facade and carriage entrance to the museum.

Carroll & Milton Petrie
European Sculpture Court

17th to early 20th Century





All photos by CherishToronto



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