"NYC Met Museum Greek and Roman Collection, Part 2" Metropolitan Museum of Art Tip by atufft
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The expansive and recently rebuilt Leon Levy and Shelby White Court (162) is studded with marble and bronze statues and columns, a central black reflecting pond filled with tourist coins as tribute, and a mezzanine of Etruscan art on the second floor (170-172). Prior to entry to the court is a stair and elevator lobby (160) with a substantial bronze of a nude warrior king, a favorite for tourist photographs, an object of debatable origin whose upper right hand probably held a spear. In any case, the courtyard also serves as center for surrounding galleries (163-169) of mostly Roman art inspired by Greek traditions. It's a substantial collection that resembles the efforts by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to retrieve and evaluate looted artwork, because the descriptions of many works are speculative in nature. Other aspects of the collection are genuine, in the sense that the objects came from sponsored archeological digs throughout the Mediterranean.
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Directions: Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue
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