Ancient Greek Sculpture at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of
Art in on the eastern edge of Central Park
along Museum Mile. It was founded by a group
of American citizens in 1870. The founders
were a mix of financiers, businessmen,
thinkers and artists who had a common goal:
to bring art to their countrymen.
The museum officially opened on February 20,
1872 in its original location, which was at
681 Fifth Avenue. At present, in its current
location, the museum occupies more than two
million square feet, and is nearly a quarter
of a mile long. New York’s Metropolitan
Museum boasts of a permanent collection of
over two million art pieces, which are
categorized under nineteen departments and
looked after by a specialized staff of
scholars, restorers and curators.
The museum’s main building is called “The
Met”. It is among the world’s biggest art
The Met has a relatively
smaller collection of medieval art at the
Cloisters in Upper Manhattan.
The pieces in the Metropolitan Museum
represent works from ancient Egypt and
classical antiquity, sculptures and
paintings from almost all of the famous
European masters, and a wide collection of
American, Asian, African, Byzantine,
Oceanic, Islamic and modern art.
In addition to artworks, the museum holds
extensive collections of costumes and
accessories, weaponry, furniture, and
musical instruments from all over the globe.